What Happened at COP27?

 “Cop27 is part of a process, not an endpoint.” words of Co-chair Ban Ki-moon at the closure of the COP27 Climate Change Conference in Egypt.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens team was on the ground at COP27 as observers hosting official side events conducting bilateral meetings and advocating for climate change adaptation in agriculture across the blue zone, green zone, and innovation zone (hosted by Climate Action.) Check out our photo collection here.



Over the course of two weeks, we were able to meet with many of our partners and conducted 35+ bilateral meetings. It was especially great to have the chance to brainstorm with 4 African ministries and a number of European governments, including the EC, Germany, and UK on the topics of climate adaptation, capacity building, and empowering farmers against climate change on the continent including:

  • Hon. Minister Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda
  • Hon. Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
  • Hon. Eng. Collins Nzovu, Minister of Green Economy and Environment, Zambia
  • Senator Lawal Hassan Anka, Chairman of the Committee on Ecology and Climate Change, and Salisu M. Dahiru, Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change, Nigeria

We also hosted 4 side events and contributed to 2 partner events. Below you can find the event details and stream links when available. 

BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon shared opening remarks at the Sustainable Innovation Forum highlighting the urgent need to focus on climate adaptation finance and put smallholder farmers at the heart of our efforts. 



“Actions for a global, green and just transition” where BKMC Program Manager Angela Reithuber, moderated a panel at the Sustainable Innovation Forum hosted by Climate Action emphasizing the importance of climate justice. 



Implementation Lab on Resilient and Adaptive Food Systems where COO Katrin Harvey emphasized the importance of women in climate finance. She highlighted gender inclusivity in food systems such as having more women in decision-making, increasing the finance available, providing transparency in processes as well as focusing on gender-tailored capacity building for women.



Seeds for Equality: Young Women Shaping Regenerative Agriculture and Empowering Female Farmers in the Global South where Program Lead Viola Christian announced the Elevating the Voices of Women in Agriculture Champion Lilian Nakigozi and showcased the documentary of her initiative Women Smiles Uganda.



Accelerating Climate Adaptation in Agriculture – A Youth Perspective where the BKMC Youth Agri Champions demand paper on climate adaptation efforts for African youth was launched. Two champions were on stage with representatives from CGIAR, FAO, the Director for International Partnerships of the European Commission – Carla Montesi, and the director of the Zambian Ministry of Green Economy & Environment – Crusivia Chilobe Hichikumba, to discuss solutions that can directly support smallholder farmers secure the future of their livelihoods and of the world‘s food system.



“Elevating the Voices of Women in Agriculture: Challenges & Solutions Toward Women Farmers’ Empowerment in the Face of Climate Change” where, voices of female farmers such as Belinda Okungu, Kenya, Gender Lead and Pan-African Climate Justice Association, Josephine George Frances, Liberia, President, Farmers Union Network of Liberia, CEO of Arjay Farms and Arjay Coffee, former House Representative and Chair on the Committees of Agriculture, Elizabeth Akaba, Ghana, Produce Farmer and Tuba Women Farmers Association Leader shared concrete needs of women farmers to tackle the impacts of climate change and Program Lead Viola Christian showcased the documentary of women farmer Lilian Nakigozi’s initiative Women Smiles Uganda. No event stream is available but watch the documentary below. 


Ban Ki-moon Centre Announces Side Events for COP27 in Egypt

Between November 6-18, 2022, the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh. The Ban Ki-moon Centre is excited to co-host four COP27 Side Events with FAO, CGIAR, BCG, WEF, WFF, FairTrade, EmpoderClima, YPARD, and PACJA and participate as speakers in many more.Join us in person or virtually to discuss accelerating agricultural adaptation for smallholder farmershear climate adaptation demands of our Youth Agri Champions toward world leaders, find out how young entrepreneurs shape the lives of female farmers in the Global South, and more. To see the schedule of all COP27 side events click here. All side events will be available in real time on the UNFCCC Youtube account. The list of events is being updated by UNFCCC and will be updated on this page simultaneously. 


Saturday, November 12, 13.00 – 14.30 CET | 14.00 – 15.30 CAT @Blue Zone, Room Lotus
“Implementation Lab on Resilient and Adaptive Food Systems”

The roundtable addresses the co-benefits of resilient and adaptive food systems, targeted climate finance, and enabling policy solutions. BKMC COO Katrin Harvey and Program Manager Angela Reithuber participate in the discussion to answer the question “How do we ensure that the political commitment to strengthen resilience and upscale adaptation to impact on climate change for food systems is reaching the most vulnerable communities on the ground?”

Co-organizers: BKMC, FAO, CGIAR, BCG, WEF, WFF
Monday, November 14, 12.30 – 13.30 CET | 13.30 – 14.30 CAT @Children and Youth Pavilion
“Seeds for Equality – Young Women Shaping Regenerative Agriculture and Empowering Female Farmers in the Global South”
A multimedia session highlighting innovative solutions, led by young women, to shape regenerative agriculture and foster gender equality, youth empowerment, and climate justice in the Global South
Co-organizers: BKMC,Empodera Clima, YPARD
Monday, November 14, 14.00 – 15.00 CET | 15.00-16.00 CAT @Blue Zone,  Room 1, Akhenaten
Accelerating Climate Adaptation in Agriculture – A Youth Perspective
A multistakeholder dialogue addressing the biggest challenges African youth smallholder farmers are facing in adapting to climate change. Global leaders and young African agripreneurs from the BKMC network exchange innovative & just solutions in their local communities. The Youth Agri Champions who worked together over the summer, also launch their climate adaptation demand paper.
Co-organizers: BKMC, CGIAR, FAO, FairTrade

Tuesday, November 15, 11.00 – 12.00 CET | 12.00-13.00 CAT @Green Zone HALL A
Elevating the Voices of Women in Agriculture – Challenges and SolutionsToward Women Farmers’ Empowerment in the Face of Climate Change
Panel discussion to highlight the significance of women farmers to achieve SDGs 2 and 13, particularly in the context of Africa. Hearing from experts and practitioners and showcasing youth-led best practice initiatives, the side event will raise awareness and inspire concrete and direct action to empower women farmers on the African continent in the face of climate change.
Co-organizers: BKMC, Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance

COP27 is a Crucial Moment to Join Efforts in Advancing the Global Goal on Adaptation

An exchange between all-female global leaders called for an increase in cooperation between countries to upscale action in climate change adaptation. In the lead-up to the COP27 climate change conference, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) in Austria hosted a hybrid high-level ministerial roundtable on climate adaptation under the patronage of the 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Watch the full event on Youtube.

Dubai/Berlin/Cairo/Vienna 8 September 2022 – As we move towards COP27 in Egypt and COP28 in the UAE, it is of utmost importance that the work on adaptation accelerates, especially in advancing on the Global Goal on Adaptation within the framework of the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh Work Programme,” said Ban Ki-moon, Co-chair of the BKMC, as he welcomed high-level guests to the ministerial roundtable.

On the heels of the African Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam, Ban Ki-moon convened a hybrid roundtable event in Vienna, moderated by BKMC CEO Monika Froehler, on “Climate Adaptation: The Road Beyond COP26: COP27 & COP28” at the ministerial level with Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology; Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s Minister of Environment and host country representative of COP27; Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates – the COP28 host country, and Jennifer Morgan, German State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action.

“Our efforts towards adaptation must accelerate. COP27 this year will be decisive. Only in the past couple of months we experienced the most severe drought in East Africa for 40 years, devastating floods in Pakistan, and wildfires around the globe. These events further escalate global energy and food insecurity. We need to advance the Global Goal on Adaptation within the framework of the Sharm el-Sheikh Work Programme as a priority,” said Ban Ki-moon.

Agreeing with the importance of such an acceleration, Austrian Minister Leonore Gewessler gave examples of how Austria is contributing to international and national efforts in tackling climate change. She mentioned the importance of data collection to better manage climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, stating that “we have to bring the solutions we have already identified on paper to life.”

The 8th UN Secretary-General took the global community to task: “At COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, developed countries committed to mobilizing 100 billion US dollars a year by 2020 in climate finance for developing countries. Despite their efforts, according to the OECD, only 83.3 billion US dollars were provided by 2020.”

The governments of Germany and Canada are co-leaders in the development of the progress report on the Climate Finance Delivery Plan, a report to be published before COP27 which will outline how this commitment can be met. German Climate Envoy Jennifer Morgan underlined that climate finance remains a core issue in the debate, where more transparency and better use and access to finance is much needed. This includes an equal share of financing between mitigation and adaptation.

“The focus on adaptation, finance, loss and damage is essential. Germany remains committed to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. This includes fulfilling the Glasgow commitment to double adaptation finance collectively by 2025,” stressed Jennifer Morgan.

UAE Minister Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri said she finds the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh Work Programme promising. Looking ahead to COP28, she emphasized that the UAE is keen to continue accelerating climate adaptation efforts and exploring opportunities for effective global partnerships. She added: “One of our priorities is to enhance the adaptive capacities of the agricultural sector. We want to demonstrate how the UAE-USA joint initiative, the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate, advances food systems innovation and supports smallholder farmers.”

In a video message, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s Minister of Environment and COP27 Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy, reaffirmed Egypt’s preparedness to host COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6-18th 2022. She noted that adaptation and climate were both top priorities for the Egyptian presidency, emphasizing that “now is the moment to stand up and keep progressing on the Global Goal on Adaptation. We must show the success stories that protect and keep our local communities climate resilient.”

Ban Ki-moon concluded the event by saying that “the upcoming COP27 in Egypt is an African COP. This presents an ideal opportunity to come together and ensure that adaptation is tackled comprehensively. It is a crucial topic to so many people in Africa, including the estimated 33 million African smallholder farmers.”

The Demand Paper Presentation Brings the Youth Agri Champions Webinar Series to a Close

After a month of working together, the efforts of the Youth Agri Champions came to a culmination in the final workshop of the Youth Agri Champions Peer2Peer Webinar Series. Coming together for the last time in this series, the participants presented their demand paper and reflected on the past few weeks and what is still to come. 

Opening the workshop this week was the BKMC’s Co-chair, Dr. Heinz Fischer, who praised the Youth Agri Champions for their ‘ambition, dedication, and enthusiasm for fighting climate change. He supported the demands created and outlined his willingness to amplify the voices and ideas shared over the last weeks. Thereafter, three Youth Agri Champions, Richard Kachungu, Mercy Philips, and Usman Kibiya, officially handed over the demands to the BKMC, covering their demands in the areas of social risk management, finance, and capacity building.  

Furthermore, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon also sent his words of congratulations to the Youth Agri Champions. “Your work plays an important role in fighting climate change, improving food security, and bettering the future of our planet for your communities at large,” emphasized Co-chair Ban, referring to the Youth Agri Champions’ demands. He very much looked forward to pushing for and elevating the demands at the global level and encouraged the Youth Agri Champions to continue their collaboration in tackling the climate crisis. 

For some of the Youth Agri Champions, it was their first time engaging in cross-border cooperation, with many signaling their enthusiasm to become further involved in solving global problems. After weeks of learning from each other’s diverse experiences and hard work in building up their demands, the final demand paper from the Youth Agri-Champions is now ready to help Ban Ki-moon and the BKMC team advocate for agricultural adaptation to climate change at COP27 and beyond. 


Upcoming Event: Climate Adaptation – The Road Beyond COP26: COP27 & COP28

We are excited to announce that the High-Level Ministerial Roundtable: “Climate Adaptation – The Road Beyond COP26: COP27 & COP28″ will take place on September the 6th 2022 between 16:30 – 18:00 CEST. This event will be hosted by Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary General of the UN and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Several ministers from key countries in the fight against the climate crisis will join us for a stimulating discussion on climate adaptation.

Discussions will take place on the state of climate adaptation, adaptation needs, climate financing, and the roadmap and progress on climate adaptation as we make our way from COP26 to COP28. We are excited to welcome Mariam bint Al-Mheiri (Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates), Yasmine Fouad (Minister of Environment of the Arabic Republic of Egypt), Leonore Gewessler (Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria) and Jennifer Morgan (State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Germany) as speakers at the event.

Join us on the 6th of September via http://www.bankimooncentre.org/RoadtoCop to hear high-level insights on the world’s efforts to adapt to climate change. We look forward to having you with us for this engaging conversation on climate adaptation.

Concretising the Demands: what needs to change to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change?

What do smallholder farmers need to adapt to climate change? That was the question posed to the Youth Agri Champions as they went about developing a set of demands on what can be done to improve support for climate adaptation in the agricultural sector. Taking place two weeks after the first workshop, the second workshop gave the Youth Agri Champions a chance to consolidate their ideas and demands. In between the first and the second workshop, the Youth Agri Champions continued to work virtually in their working groups, social risk management, funding/finance, and training/capacity building, where they built upon the ideas that came up in Workshop 1.


In Workshop 2, our expert guest, Denis Kabiito, the CEO and Founder of the Young Farmers’ Federation of Uganda, shared his knowledge and experience with the participants. He touched upon the challenges facing women farmers and encouraged smallholder farmers and the agripreneurs supporting them to overcome the obstacles posed by climate change and various other factors. Along these lines, Kabiito urged the Youth Agri Champions to, “start small, [and] start from somewhere from where we can convince those around us to support us.”  

After the participants posed their own questions to Kabiito, the Youth Agri Champions reconvened in their three working groups. Once again, they engaged in lively discussions and worked on further substantiating their demands. At the end of the workshop, representatives from each group presented their demands for the topic area they were working on.

The social risk management group focused on insurance schemes and providing more information and help to smallholder farmers to reduce uncertainty. The focus in the funding/finance group was on responsive funding and ensuring that funding schemes are contextualized to suit smallholder farmers. The Youth Agri Champions in the training/capacity building group developed a demand focusing on the ease of access to training, strengthening female access to training, and the adaptation of trainings and resources to reflect local social, economic, cultural, and environmental circumstances.  

Over the coming week, the demands will be consolidated. The Youth Agri Champions will then present these final demands at the next workshop where the best-practice projects from the participants will also be announced. At the final workshop on the 25th of August 2022, the Ban Ki-moon Centre Co-Chairs, Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer will join them to bring the webinar series to a close and accept the demand paper to help amplify the voice of smallholder farmers and agripreneurs in Ban Ki-moon’s and the BKMC’s advocacy work to call on global leaders to take action on adaptation in smallholder agriculture. 

Youth Agri Champions underway with the development of climate demands for agricultural adaptation

The Youth Agri Champions Webinar Series is underway. Launched with speeches from CEO Monika Froehler and Elizabeth Nsimadala, President of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, 16 youth agripreneurs and smallholder farmers have started working towards developing demands on climate adaptation in agriculture for COP27. 

The Youth Agri Champions Webinar Series kicked off on July 28th, with 16 smallholder farmers and agripreneurs from Kenya, Nigera, Rwanda, and Zambia. Over the course of three workshops spanning a month, the Youth Agri Champions will develop a set of demands on climate adaptation in the field of agriculture. The BKMC’s Co-Chair, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the BKMC team will then take on these demands for COP27 and in their global advocacy work to promote the climate adaptation needs of smallholder farmers.

Opening the webinar series was the BKMC’s CEO, Monika Froehler. While thanking the Youth Agri Champions for taking part, she underlined the important role that they play in leading their communities in adapting agriculture to climate change. In outlining the importance of the Youth Agri Champions voices, Froehler remarked that “Your valuable on-the-ground first-hand experience will provide great insights into the impact of climate change on agriculture.”

After a presentation from the Elevating Agricultural Adaption Program Manager, Angela Reithuber, on the BKMC’s work on supporting smallholder farmers in agricultural adaptation to climate change, the Youth Agri Champions were joined by, Elizabeth Nsimadala, the Director of Women Affairs at the Pan-African Farmers Organization and the President of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation. As a particular highlight for the participants, Nsimadala gave an inspiring speech filled with plenty of tips and motivation. She addressed the need for cooperation and enthusiasm in the drive for agricultural adaptation to climate change and sustainable agriculture.

During the last stage of the first workshop, the Youth Agri Champions got down to work, sharing their own experiences and exciting projects with each other. Split into three working groups (funding/finance, social risk management, and training/capacity building) they began developing their own ideas on adaptation to climate change in agriculture.  In these areas, the Youth Agri Champions worked on identifying the status quo and current obstacles hindering greater adaptation efforts. Promising and stimulating discussions took place on topics including climate-smart technology, crop diversification, crop insurance, and awareness raising.

Over the next two weeks, the Youth Agri Champions will work together to build upon these discussions and develop their ideas from the first workshop further, with the aim of developing concrete demands in the second workshop. The second workshop will take place on the 11th of August.

#WeChampion Interview with Yasmine Sherif – New Date & Time

We have postponed our We Champion Interview with Yasmine Sherif to next Tuesday, 5 July at 4:30 PM CEST. The Ban Ki-moon Centre (BKMC) is organizing the next “We Champion Speaker Series” session which showcases best practices and innovative approaches to Transformative Education. Register here. The event will welcome Director of Education Cannot Wait Yasmine Sherif to discuss the importance of delivering quality education in humanitarian crises like those occurring in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – especially to children and adolescents. Learn how Education Cannot Wait supports rapid responses to urgent education needs, turns investments into concrete public goods, and faces challenges in the field. Building on Mission 4.7’s #WeChampion social media campaign, the “We Champion” speaker series showcases best practices and innovative approaches to Transformative Education from across the Mission 4.7 community and beyond. The series will help further collective thinking around SDG 4.7 implementation and gather momentum on various thematic areas pertaining to SDG 4.7. AGENDA:
  • Interview with Director of Education Cannot Wait Yasmine Sherif and BKMC CEO Monika Froehler
  • Q&A Session with audience
Register here.

Virtual Roundtable “Voices of Hope: Realities of Afghan Women”

On Wednesday 25 May 5 PM CEST (8:30 PM AFT), the Ban Ki-moon Centre (BKMC) and its Afghan fellows from the Global Citizen Women Empowerment Program hosted a virtual roundtable “Voices of Hope: Realities of Afghan Women” to highlight the activism of Afghan women on the ground. 

International Gender Champions Her Excellency Manizha Bakhtari, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Vienna, and BKMC CEO Monika Froehler spotlighted Afghan women as resilient and active agents of change fighting for sustainable peace.

“The spirit of Afghan women will never die”  – H.E. Manizha Bakhtari


Both iterated the risks to civil society leaders, activists, and reporters, especially women, and their shrinking involvement in public life due to the Taliban’s fundamentalist hardliner policies. Their resistance is moving more and more off the streets and onto social media and smaller underground movements.

“We are currently experiencing a new generation of [ Afghan women] that is more enthusiastic and more focused.”  – Gender and Feminist Researcher at the McMaster University of Canada, Executive Director of the Immigrant Culture and Art Association (ICAA), and former Law Professor at Kabul University Marufa Shinware

With their knowledge and independence gained over the last 20 years, Afghan women are increasingly trying to transform the system they are living in and resisting the Taliban’s oppression. They also question the international community’s silence and condemn global misbelief in a new and more liberal Taliban regime. 

Increased solidarity is needed to fight for democracy, human rights, and peace. 

Watch the recording of our Roundtable via YouTube. 

Join us for our Virtual Roundtable “Voices of Hope: Realities of Afghan Women”

On Wednesday 25 May 5 PM CEST (8:30 PM AFT), the Ban Ki-moon Centre (BKMC) and its Afghan fellows from the Global Citizen Women Empowerment Program are organizing a virtual roundtable “Voices of Hope: Realities of Afghan Women” to provide a space for local, regional and international Afghan activists to come together and share their stories to a wide audience.

The event seeks to raise awareness about the current situation of Afghan women on the ground and spotlight local women’s activism as well as the international Afghan diaspora and their efforts in fighting for sustainable peace. The roundtable should serve to devictimize Afghanistan’s women and instead portray them as active agents of change. 


Moderators: BKMC Program Officers Jessica Besch and Viola Christian

Welcome Remarks: BKMC CEO Monika Froehler

Opening Remarks: H.E. Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari, Ambassador of the Republic of Afghanistan to Vienna

Roundtable Discussion:

  • Hooria Sardar, Former Director-General of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Child Care at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Afghanistan (MoLSA), Gender and Women Studies Expert, Women’s Rights Activist, and BKMC Global Citizen Fellow

  • Marufa Shinware, Gender and Feminist Researcher at the McMaster University of Canada, Executive Director of the Immigrant Culture and Art Association (ICAA), and former Law Professor at Kabul University

  • Dr. Zahra M., Dentist and Leader of the Afghan Women’s Unity and Solidarity Group 


In 2019, at the margins of the first BKMC Women Empowerment Program, the Centre together with the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and Women in International Security Austria organized the event “ A Long Road to Peace – Realities, Hopes, and Visions from Afghanistan”, featuring five of its stellar Afghan women fellows and activists as speakers. Processes of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban in that year gave reason for hope for a secure, democratic, and equal Afghanistan. Including women in these negotiations was deemed crucial for the achievement of sustainable peace and women’s rights. The fellows suggested solutions for their country’s challenges, talked about their own initiatives, and discussed women’s roles in decision-making and peace processes.

The developments since August 2021 and the internationally unrecognized governmental rule by the Taliban have once again crushed the rights and dignity of women and girls, spiraling into a humanitarian crisis as we speak. While some were able to leave Afghanistan on time, many are still stuck or staying voluntarily to defend their country against the authoritarian and extremist Taliban regime.

Adhering to its mission statement of empowering women and leaving no one behind, the BKMC wants to create a safe platform for its Afghan fellows to raise awareness about the situation of Afghan women and youth on the ground by jointly organizing an virtual roundtable. 

Register for the event here to join or zoom or click here to set a reminder for our live stream via YouTube.