SACPA Online Session - The UN Food Systems Summit and the Developing Crisis in Afghanistan

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The Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) presents a session with Trevor Page as he discusses the relationship between agriculture and greenhouse gasses.

The UN Food Systems Summit and the Developing Crisis in Afghanistan

Thursday October 14, 2021, at 12 p.m. MDT

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The inaugural United Nations Food Systems Summit concluded last month in New York during the High-level Week of the General Assembly. A total of 85 heads of state from around the world participated in the virtual gathering. Canada was represented by its permanent representative to the Rome-based UN agencies, Alexandra Bugailiskis.

World leaders know that agriculture is responsible for about one-third of the greenhouse gasses polluting our atmosphere. This contributes to the extreme weather impacting communities around the world. The latest IPCC report raised a “code red” for human-driven global heating. Whilst world leaders agree that our food systems must be reformed to minimize their impact on the environment, the question is how? What should we be doing in Canada and here in Alberta to play our part? Our speaker was tuned in live to the UN Food Systems Summit. He will describe some of the initiatives underway and the major challenges that lie ahead.

In addition to the UN Food Systems Summit, the speaker will also discuss the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Speaker:   Trevor Page

Trevor Page worked for the United Nations for 31 years. Most of his work was with the World Food Programme in Africa and Asia, but he was also seconded to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, and what is now the UN‘s Department of Political Affairs and Peacebuilding. He has served as Head of Mission in major countries, including China and India, and at the headquarters of the World Food Programme in Rome, Italy, as the director of Emergency Humanitarian Relief, worldwide.

In order to ask questions of our speaker in the chat feature of YouTube, you must have a YouTube account and be signed in. Please do so well ahead of the scheduled start time, so you’ll be ready. Go the YouTube Live link provided in this session flyer and on the top right of your browser click the “sign in” button. If you have Google or Gmail accounts, they can be used to sign in. If you don’t, click “Create Account” and follow along. Once you are signed in, you can return to the live stream and use the chat feature to ask your questions of the speaker. Remember, you can only participate in the chat feature while we are livestreaming.

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