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Faced with sustaining a rapidly growing human population while reducing agriculture’s environmental externalities, and an increasing need to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts, natural resource management in the 21st century must undergo a deep transformation to reach the goal of long-term safe operating spaces for humanity . Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an important new concept that promotes the use of sustainable agricultural practices in the context of food production and security, adaptation and mitigation. However, there is surprisingly little information on the actual scale and achieved mitigation and development benefits of climate-smart agriculture, despite large potentials. Building on the recently launched UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013 , the main objective of this event is to present a few selected examples from agriculture and forestry that illustrate ways in which policies can enable the adoption of climate-smart agriculture, and discuss options to better align the development, natural resource and climate change agendas.