Agriculture Working Group

Globally, agricultural activities contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions but also provide millions with their livelihood and food security. They are therefore a critical component of the sustainable development debate. Addressing these emissions will be critical if we are to achieve the UNFCCC goal of limiting average global temperature increases and climate change. Thus, to the greatest extent possible, policies at all levels should be designed and implemented to meet four goals: (i) In sustainable ways, maintain and increase the security of food supplies for food insecure people, particularly in developing countries; (ii) Enable small-scale food producers and other vulnerable populations to become more resilient to climate change; (iii) Sustainably reduce emissions from the agricultural sector; and (iv) Reduce emissions from the conversion of other land to agriculture. The Agriculture Working Group coordinates advocacy and policy matters to this end.

For more information please contact:
Teresa Anderson, Action Aid Teresa.Anderson@actionaid.org
Ram Kishan, Christian Aid, ramkishan2000@gmail.com

Challenging Sacred Cows

It’s great that today is Farmers’ Day! That way, ECO gets to celebrate and protect the 2 billion smallholder farmers who feed most of our fellow planet dwellers, using less than a quarter of the world’s farmland.

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CAN Letter: Participation of civil society in SBSTA Agriculture Workshop, March 2016

~~Dear Mr. Fuller,
 
I am writing to you on behalf of the Climate Action Network (CAN) as many of the members of the CAN are working on the climate, agriculture and food security nexus.  Many of them, individually or collectively, made submissions to the SBSTA last year and will submit new texts for the two upcoming workshops to make sure that the needs and solutions of the most vulnerable people especially smallholder farmers are highlighted.

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CAN SBSTA Opening Intervention November 2015

Thank you Mr./Madam Co-Chair,

I am Harshita Bisht, speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

While a credible response to the climate crisis requires every sector to contribute, international transport emissions have more than doubled since Kyoto.

The Paris Agreement should urge IMO and ICAO to set strong interim targets to help meet the 1.5°C goal. These bodies must adopt strict criteria for alternative fuels; work on adaptation finance; and include their progress on carbon pricing and CO2 standards in COP reporting.     

CAN Annual Policy Document: "Lima: Raising the Curtain on Paris", Executive Summary, Russian, November 2014

В сентябре на улицах Нью-Йорка вершилась история: более 400 тысяч человек вышли, чтобы сказать миру: «Нам нужны действия в защиту климата – сейчас!» И КС20 в Лиме должна стать поворотным моментом в переговорах: политическая воля правительств должна соответствовать этому призыву людей по всему миру быть амбициозными в борьбе против изменения климата.

Создание Дурбанской платформы активизации действий (ADP) стало результатом КС17, и результатом ее работы должно стать новое глобальное климатическое соглашение, которое планируется утвердить в рамках КС21 в Париже в 2015 году.

CAN Annual Policy Document: "Lima: Raising the Curtain on Paris", Executive Summary, Chinese, November 2014

 

今年9月份,当来自各行各业的40多万民众走上纽约街头告诉全世界“我们需要更多的行动来应对气候变化”时,历史已经被创造。即将在利马举行的第二十次缔约方大会(COP20)(以下简称“利马会议”)必须成为各国应对气候变化政治意愿的一个转折点,以此呼应全世界民众的期盼。

在第十七次缔约方大会上,各国就增强行动的德班平台达成一致,在此平台上的谈判将在2015年举行的巴黎第二十一次缔约方大会(COP21)达到高潮,届时各国将就下一步如何制定全球应对气候变化协议的达成共识。

利马会议将为下一步的谈判发挥关键性作用,因为它将确定2015年全球气候协议的要素。鉴于民众不断高涨的呼声和政府间气候变化专门委员会(IPCC)的最新科学评估,利马会议需要调动各国政治意愿就2015年协议的框架、组成、以及目标等做出决定。

因为利马会议将为巴黎谈判的成果奠定基础,气候行动网络(Climate Action Network)就本次会议需要解决的问题提出看法,以此为2015年的协议打下正确的基础。

利马会议需要做出的关键决定

对于增强2020年前减排和资金的力度

CAN Annual Policy Document: "Lima: Raising the Curtain on Paris", Executive Summary, French, November 2014

2014 a vécu un moment citoyen historique quand plus de 400 000 personnes sont descendues dans les rues de New York en septembre pour appeler le monde à l’action climatique, maintenant. La COP 20 à Lima doit être un autre moment historique – cette fois-ci politique. La  réponse politique à cet appel citoyen mondial doit être à la hauteur.

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CAN Annual Policy Document: "Lima: Raising the Curtain on Paris", Executive Summary, Spanish, November 2014

En septiembre, se hizo historia cuando más de 400,000 personas de diversos trasfondos tomaron las calles de la ciudad de Nueva York para decirle al mundo, “Más Acción Climática, Ahora”. La COP 20 que se llevará a cabo en Lima debe ser un momento de pronunciación de voluntad política para que los gobiernos reflexionen en el llamado ambicioso de la gente a través del planeta.

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CAN Annual Policy Document: "Lima: Raising the Curtain on Paris", Executive Summary, English, November 2014

History was created when more than 400,000 people from all walks of life took to the streets of New York City in September to tell the world, ‘More Climate Action, Now’.  COP 20 in Lima must be the turning point for political will from governments to reflect these ambitious calls by people from across the world.

At COP 17, Governments agreed to the Durban platform for enhanced action.  Negotiations under the Durban platform will culminate in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris, where Parties are to agree to the next stage of a global climate agreement.

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