Knowledge for better food systems

Civil society engagement on sustainable diets at COP- Welcome to the forum

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Meeting the global greenhouse gas emissions goals laid out in the Paris Agreement may not be possible without reducing global animal food consumption. Yet to date, this issue has received little attention in global discussions of climate change mitigation strategies, particularly at the UNFCCC’s annual climate change meetings (COP). This forum provides a space for civil society actors to share resources and engage in discussions on how to make shifting to more sustainable diets a priority GHG mitigation strategy adopted by state and non-state actors working to implement UNFCCC climate change agreements. The forum serves as a follow-up resource to two stakeholder meetings: one workshop hosted by FCRN in November 2016; and a second workshop hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in collaboration with Brighter Green, World Resources Institute, and FCRN in April 2017.

In the April meeting, participants identified 4 key strategies for civil society action: 1) Developing a coordinated civil society vision and messaging related to diet & climate solutions, 2) Providing resources for technical and scientific bodies of the UNFCCC concerning animal food consumption, 3) Identifying and sensitizing “champion” countries and their negotiators to the issue, and 4) Working more with the private sector to reduce animal food consumption. We invite you to share resources and ideas related to these strategies, as well as additional ideas for how civil society can engage in this space. Review the PDF files below for a summary of workshop discussion topics and outcomes.

Erin Biehl is facilitating this forum. Contact her at to know more. For technical questions with this forum, contact Marie at FCRN (