The FACT Dialogue: Galvanising and Catalysing Public and Private Solutions

The  Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue is an initiative launched by COP26 Presidency and the Tropical Forest Alliance aspiring to agree on principles for collaborative action, produce a shared roadmap on sustainable land use and international trade, and to take action now to protect forests while promoting development and trade.

Convened and facilitated by the Tropical Forest Alliance, the Multi- stakeholder Consultations formed a key part of the FACT Dialogue, ensuring all relevant parties have a voice and a space to contribute.  Effective collaborative action, based on multi-stakeholder processes, are a key contribution from UNDP and its Green Commodities Programme.

UNDP’s Food and Agricultural Commodity Systems practice co-led together with TFA (with Efeca) the stakeholder group on Trade and Market Development by co-organizing a number of virtual multi-stakeholder sessions to provide stakeholder input into government-led national roadmaps to achieve deforestation free agriculture and commit to them at COP26.

In November 2021, at COP26 in Glasgow, a Joint Statement of support of the FACT Dialogue indicative roadmap of actions was launched as the outcome of the process, endorsed by 28 key producer and consumer countries.  Glasgow ultimately served as the first key milestone for the FACT process to galvanise and catalyse public and private solutions to advance the agenda. 

To learn more about UNDP's work on FACT contact [email protected]

 

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The New York Declaration – Goal 2: Deforestation-free Commodities Dialogues

Signed in 2014, the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a partnership of governments, multinational companies, Indigenous Peoples, and civil society who strive to end natural forest loss and restore 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands by 2030.

After a refresh process, in 2022 the NYDF Global Platform is focusing on supporting NYDF endorsers as they strive to achieve the ambitious NYDF Goals. 

Goal 2 focuses on eliminating deforestation from the production of agricultural commodities well before 2030, recognizing that many companies have even more ambitious targets. As the primary drivers of deforestation globally continue to be agriculture and cattle ranching, Goal 2 is critical for achieving the 2030 forest targets.

UNDP Green Commodities Programme in cooperation with the UNDP Climate & Forest Team is developing a series of dialogues in two key countries in the West Africa region which will identify how to accelerate progress on NYDF Goal 2 at the country level.

UNDP GCP will use its 10+ years’ experience in country dialogues to support governments and companies to accelerate a reduction in deforestation from agricultural commodities (e.g. the flagship initiative “From Commitment to Action (FC2A)” developed in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador), applying the newly published methodology on Effective Collaborative Action. Moreover, UNDP GCP will apply the innovative approaches of the UNDP Conscious Food Systems Alliance. 

To learn more about UNDP's activity related to NYDF contact [email protected]

 

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International Coffee Organization – GCP facilitates Sector Transformation Technical Workstream

At its 122nd Session in September 2018 in London, the International Coffee Council (ICC) adopted Resolution 465 (the “London Declaration”) on Coffee Price Levels to address the impact of low prices on the livelihoods of coffee farmers. This Resolution provides the ICO with a mandate to open a Sector-wide Dialogue to engage all value chain actors as well as the international community in collective and concrete actions. 

The ICO Coffee Public-Private Task Force (CPPTF) was adopted by the International Coffee Council at its 125thsession, which requested the ICO to set up the CPPTF to respond to the London Declaration on price levels, price volatility and the long-term sustainability of the coffee sector. The Council requested the ICO “to set up a taskforce with ICO Members as well as representatives of the private sector and supporting organizations to draw up a roadmap and recommend further actions on price levels and volatility as well as long-term sustainability…”

The CPPTF is supported by Technical Workstreams (TWS), consisting of a wider group of stakeholders, working together to support the work of the Task Force in the relevant thematic areas identified in Resolution 465 and in the London Declaration. The TWS are complementary and cover different aspects of coffee sustainability, including Living and Prosperous Income, Sustainable Production and Sourcing, and Transparency.

UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme, together with the Global Coffee Platform is facilitating TWS 3  ‘Sector Transformation in Coffee Exporting Countries’ which focuses on the creation of an enabling environment for change in origin countries, to establish strong and resilient coffee sectors.

Exporting countries with many smallholder farmers in particular face enormous challenges to transform their coffee sectors. These challenges, including to increase productivity, enhance quality, improve access to finance, address land tenure issues and diversify coffee production, are often too large and complex for governments, farmers, or companies to address on their own. Several countries are working on strengthening institutional capacity, adopting effective policies and building systems for farmer support and research. Solutions require shared vision and collaborative action among all stakeholders, yet too often stakeholders still work in isolation.

This TWS will examine proven solutions, share lessons and define how to replicate and scale up solutions and innovations. It will explore how to organize transformative action through national multi-stakeholder dialogue processes and national coffee sustainability plans, in partnership with companies, donors and other international players who can support change processes in different ways.

To learn more about UNDP's work with ICO contact [email protected]

 

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Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR)

FOLUR is a $345 million initiative supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and lead by the World Bank (WB) that seeks to transform the global food system by promoting sustainable, integrated landscapes and efficient commodity value chains. UNDP represented by the Good Growth Partnership (GGP) supports its Impact Program, which consists of a Global Platform providing support services to 27 Country Projects targeting the production landscapes of eight commodities: beef, cocoa, corn, coffee, palm oil, rice, soy, and wheat. 

The FOLUR Global Platform is organized around 3 Pillars of activity. GGP participates in all 3 in close coordination with the other Global Platform core partners alongside the WB: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Food and Land Use (FOLU) coalition and the Global Landscape Forum (GLF).  

In Pillar A – Program Capacity Strengthening – GGP will contribute to the training agenda by conducting a Training Needs Assessment (with FAO), which will help tailor its capacity strengthening offer to Country Project teams and stakeholders, including in relation to effective Multistakeholder Collaboration, Private Sector Engagement, farmer support systems strengthening, and Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. GGP’s existing learning community, the Green Commodities Community, will expand to include Country Projects and the Global Platform with up to 60 virtual learning events scheduled.

In Pillar B – Policy and Value Chain Engagement – GGP’s expertise in private sector and finance sector advocacy and engagement will be to the fore. Training on sustainable sourcing operational guidance based on the Accountability Framework will be provided for companies wishing to raise their game. And, working in consultation with other Global Platform core partners, GGP will encourage the adoption of responsible investment practices in domestic banks, central banks, investors and trade finance specialists.

In Pillar C – Strategic Knowledge Management and Communications – UNDP’s collaborative digital learning platform will expand to cover FOLUR subjects, ISEAL’s Evidensia platform (a GGP Partner) will service the research and knowledge base needs of FOLUR stakeholders, and new knowledge products and case studies will be originated from Country Projects covering a range of innovations and success stories.

To learn more about UNDP's involvement in FOLUR contact la[email protected]

 

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