The United Nations Development Programme and South Sudanese Ministry of Environment and Forestry have announced that a conference on Climate Change, Food Insecurity, and Resilient Livelihoods will be held at Juba Grand Hotel from 28 – 29 June 2017.

The conference launch will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 28 June. The First Vice President H.E. Taban Deng Gai is the Guest of Honour and will preside over the opening ceremony, which will also feature welcome remarks from the Acting Minister of Environment, Honourable Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Mr. Joseph Bartel and UNDP’s Country Director a.i. Mr. Jean Luc Stalon.

The overall objective of the conference is to engage high level stakeholders, senior leadership, and external experts to deliberate on the interlinkages between climate change, food insecurity and resilient livelihoods towards domestic preparedness on climate change adaptation. The conference will identify concrete policy and programmatic options and come up with a comprehensive Action Plan for adaptive resilience building and enhanced community preparedness.

The following dignitaries will speak at the event:

  • H.E. Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
  • Hon. Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security
  • Mr. Joseph Bartel, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry
  • Prof. Mathew Udo, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
  • Mr. Jean Luc Stalon, Country Director a.i, UNDP
  • Mr. Serge Tissot, Country Representative, FAO
  • Dr. Elliot W. Mghenyi, Senior Agricultural Economist, World Bank
  • Mr. David Smith, Economist and Poverty-Environment Initiative Africa Regional Manager, UN Environment (Nairobi)