UNMC to COP22
Dulanga N. S. Witharanage, a final year student of the School of Geographical and Environmental Sciences and Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham, an alumnus of the School of Biosciences are representing the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (UNMC) at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 7th to the 18th of November, 2016.
They were invited to attend a Global Action Plan on Agricultural Development (GAPAD) High Level Meeting on the Contribution of Agricultural Diversification to Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG13) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 on the 14th November 2016 at the Green Zone of the COP22 village, Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco.
The session was organised by Crops For the Future (CFF), International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), with support from Islamic Development Bank and Association of International Research and Development Centres for Agriculture (AIRCA). Welcoming remarks were made by His Excellency Eng. Hani salem Sonbol, CEO of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (IFTC).
The event was graced by Guest of Honour, Dato’ Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. Following the opening address by the guest of honour, a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Abdullateef Bello, Principal Statistician, Islamic Development Bank, and panellists, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of the ICBA, Mr. Martial Bernoux, Natural Resources Officer, Climate and Environment, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali, CEO of CFF.
CFF is the world’s first and only centre dedicated to research on under-utilised crops for food and non-food uses. Food security is a concern to ensure sustainable agriculture whilst diversification plays a key role to achieve the SDG13.
“CFF, for climate for the future, for communities for the future” said Prof. Sayed when asked where diversification fits in today’s context. He also acknowledged UNMC’s presence and related youth involvement and active participation as a capacity building tool to make global initiatives local.