ClimateShot: Accelerating agricultural innovation at COP26

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This Pre-COP26 official side-event - #All4ClimateItaly - connected the innovation debate at the UN Food Systems Summit on 23 September with the agenda and ambition of the UN COP26 climate summit in November.

This event was held in partnership with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 

With only a month left to put the transformation of agricultural innovation at the heart of commitment and action at COP26, government, private sector and farmer representatives will come together to discuss outcomes of the UNFSS and the way forward in the lead up to Glasgow.

This event will be an opportunity to discuss the new Global Action Agenda on Agricultural Innovation (aka the #ClimateShot) that will be launched at COP26, and to highlight the key steps stakeholders wish to take individually and collectively to close the agricultural ‘innovation gap’ and reach our ambitions in climate action.


ClimateShot – Accelerating agricultural innovation at COP26 




14:30 - 14:32Opening by MCDhanush Dinesh, Head of Partnerships and Outreach, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

14:32 - 14:40

Welcome remarks 

Jill Morris, UK Ambassador to the Italian Republic 

14:40 - 14:50

Technical presentation

Transforming Agricultural Innovation: Towards an Action Agenda

Bruce Campbell, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

14:50 - 15:20

Panel discussion on the emerging Action Agenda, with potential contributions from stakeholders



Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director, Climate and Environment Division, FAO


  • Lisa Sweet, Head of Future Protein, COVID Response, and Food-Health, Food Systems Initiative, World Economic Forum

  • Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary, General, World Farmers Organisation (WFO)

  • Ayman Tharwat Amin, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Sustainable Development, Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

  • Tamer El-Raghy, Managing Director, Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF)

15:20 - 15:50

Q&A and interactive session with audience 

15:50 - 16:00

Closing and way forward to COP26

Victoria Prentis, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

15:50 - 16:00Networking and refreshments (for in person attendees in Milan)