The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) will be well represented in the discussions around climate change at COP28.
The Conference of Parties (COP) is the main decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It brings together the 198 parties, including the European Union, that have signed the framework convention. The inaugural COP occurred in Berlin in 1995, and today, the COP secretariat is headquartered in Bonn, Germany. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is hosting COP 28 this year on Nov. 28-Dec. 12.
“I am pleased to be able to take the message from GRSB and our members that the beef sector is working on climate change; farmers, ranchers, and producers are on the front line of climate change and are heavily invested in finding solutions for both adaptation and doing their bit for mitigation,” said GRSB Executive Director, Ruaraidh Petre. “Livestock production is a key part of the overall food system, as important for human nutrition as it is to maintain healthy soils for crop production, we need to help policymakers understand the need for holistic solutions, not just one-liners and simplistic approaches to complex issues.”
Members of GRSB will be attending and participating in various events held as part of COP28.
“One of the most relevant issues at COP28 will be the definition of a major Global Adaptation Goal, whose progress is measurable, something that developing countries have always demanded. It is necessary to demand resources to ensure that climate change does not increase poverty and inequality gaps. Therefore, it is important to demand compliance with the commitment of developed countries to double climate financing for adaptation in 2025 compared to 2019 levels,” stated GRSB Latin America Regional Director, Josefina Eisele.
Join Petre and Eisele in Dubai as they contribute to the conversation around climate change and how the beef industry is contributing positively around the world:
December 8, 2023, 7:30-9 AM MST
UNFCCC Side Event: Farmer-Led Adaptation & Mitigation Measures Through Improved Global Livestock Sustainability
Speakers: Josefina Eisele, Regional Director, Latin America; Ruaraidh Petre, Executive Director
Event will focus on climate-smart livestock production, showcasing adaptation and mitigation approaches in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Oceania to increase livestock system and grassland resilience. The event will also discuss finance, targets and measurement of progress to improve sustainability.
December 9, 2023
Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas Pavilion: Accelerating the Achievement of NDCs Through Sustainable Livestock Management and Technologies in Grassland Ecosystems
Speaker: Josefina Eisele, Regional Director, Latin America
Event will showcase concrete examples of how sustainable livestock management and technologies can improve grassland ecosystems and strengthen grassland restoration and management, contributing to delivering on the commitments included in the NDCs. The event will bring together practitioners from Latin America and the Caribbean who will share their successful experiences and encourage replication and scaling up of existing practices across regions.
“Representing GRSB and Latin America at COP28 is a great pride and challenge at the same time. From the region, we need to make a collective effort so that the voice of Latin America is heard and for its leading role as a region of global solutions against climate change to be recognized. With six of the most biodiverse countries in the world, 40% of the biodiversity and more than 25% of the forests worldwide, Latin America and the Caribbean are essential to confront climate change,” said Eisele.
For a list of all the events GRSB will be engaged in, visit https://grsbeef.org.
To learn how to become a member or about GRSB’s sustainability goals, visit https://grsbeef.org.