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UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties 2021 | COP26

31 Oct 2021 • Glasgow • Scotland

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Blue foods needed to be centrally on the menu of climate action at COP26. They have enormous potential to contribute to achieving net zero, but their vital contributions to nutrition and livelihoods will need to be protected from climate change.

Blue Food Events at COP26

Achieving Healthy Diets from Sustainable Blue Food Systems in Small Island Developing States

Tuesday, Nov 2 | 17:00 – 18:00 GMT | WHO Health Pavilion | Hosted by WHO, EAT, UN Nutrition, and Stanford University

Key speakers shared knowledge and innovative solutions around shifting to healthy, sustainable, and resilient diets – with particular attention to aquatic foods and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The panel generated awareness around the climate-food-health systems nexus; presented strategies and approaches to integrate healthy diets and into climate change solutions; linked food systems and climate action; underlined the important roles of aquatic foods in healthy and sustainable diets; and highlighted the key roles of youth in food systems transformation and in addressing climate change. Speakers included high-level UN representatives, Ministers, key youth representatives, and leading blue food experts.

Blue Food: Businesses Bridging Nutrition Needs with Climate Action

Friday, Nov 5 | 13:15-14:15 GMT | Virtual | Hosted by UN Global Compact

Speakers included Shakuntala Thilsted from WorldFish

Towards a Shared Blue Prosperity under Changing Climate

Saturday, Nov 6 | 13:15 – 14:30 GMT | Forth Room | Hosted by CSDevNet, TAAT, and WorldFish

Speakers included Essam Yassin Mohammed, Shakuntala Thilsted, and Gareth Johnstone from WorldFish

The Ocean Decade for Climate Action in the Asia Pacific Region

Saturday, Nov 6 | Time TBD | Hosted by UNESCO

Speakers included Essam Yassin Mohammed from WorldFish

Resilient Asian Mega Deltas

Monday, Nov 8 | 06:30 – 07:30 GMT | Virtual Event | Hosted by Newcastle University, IRRI, IWMI, and WorldFish

Speakers included Shakuntala Thilsted and Rumana Hossain from WorldFish

Climate Action for Shared Prosperity through Aquatic Food Systems: Eyes on SIDS and Beyond

Tuesday, Nov 9 | 14:45 – 15:45 GMT | SIWI Water Pavilion | Hosted by IWMI, FAO and WorldFish

Speakers included Essam Yassin Mohammed and Shakuntala Thilsted from WorldFish

Accelerating the Transition to Sustainable Food Systems – Progress Since COP25

Tuesday, Nov 9 | 10:30 – 12:00 GMT | UNFCCC Pavilion | Hosted by EAT and UNFCCC

This event shared knowledge and innovative solutions for shifting to healthy diets from sustainable food systems; built awareness around the climate-food-health nexus, including the important roles of biodiversity; shared about the progress made through the UN Food Systems Summit; highlighted key areas of action moving forward; and encouraged reflection about our relationship with food, our food choices, and their impacts on the health of people and planet.

Ocean Action = Climate Action

Thursday, Nov 11 | 16:45 – 18:00 GMT | Multimedia Studio 1 | Hosted by UN-Oceans

Speakers included Essam Yassin Mohammed from WorldFish

Learn more about COP26

Watch highlights from COP26

Read the recent BFA paper “Compound Climate Risks Threaten Aquatic Food System Benefits”

Explore other COP26 with our collaborators at WorldFish