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FAO and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

KJWA timeline

In partnership with other actors in the climate and development process, FAO is working to support the development and implementation of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA). The Koronivia joint work on agriculture is a decision that was reached at the UN climate conference (COP23) in November 2018, officially acknowledging the significance of the agriculture sectors in adapting to and mitigating climate change.

UN Climate Conference in Bonn 2018 (SB48)

3 May 2018 - The side event ‘Koronivia for climate action: raising ambition through agricultural sectors’ was an open discussion to understand how the long awaited Koronivia will become climate action on the ground.

Almost 120 experts from national governments and international institutions joined the open discussion. Action on the ground will mean securing means of implementation and engaging the private sector. The vital role of youth was highlighted.

To support these ongoing efforts, look at the latest summary of submissions by Parties and observers, called for under the Koronivia decision.

Informal Koronivia dialogue

Informal Koronivia dialogue

8-9 March 2018

FAO, organised a technical ‘Koronivia dialogue’ (8-9 March) in Rome. The meeting allowed agriculture negotiators under the UNFCCC to informally share their views and experiences on how to develop and implement the Koronivia joint programme.

Co-facilitated by FAO and Oxford Climate Policy, and supported by the World Bank, the dialogue aimed to:

  • Provide a neutral forum for open discussion among agriculture negotiators towards the implementation of the ‘Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture’, and
  • offer support to countries finalizing their submissions and preparing for the upcoming 48th session of the sessions of Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC (SB 48).

Attended by almost 50 participants, from developed and developing countries, organizations, permanent missions and the UNFCCC Secretariat, the dialogue was structured into two parallel sessions – a ‘Negotiator Seminar’ and a ‘Country Action Seminar’.  

The ‘Negotiator Seminar’ was open only to the agriculture negotiators, whereas the ‘Country Action Seminar’ was open to all country representatives and FAO technical experts.  

During the Negotiators Seminar, participants informally shared their views on the decision, sought solutions on how to address the six elements mentioned in paragraph two of the decision, and discussed what progress should be achieved before reporting at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 26). 

Koronivia dialogue: post-dialogue reflections

Submission to the UNFCCC

March 2018 - FAO put forward a submission to the UNFCCC ‘Koronivia joint work on agriculture (Decision 4/CP.23)' describing FAO’s views on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, with references to the support available through FAO to assist the effective implementation of the decision.


February 2018 - FAO and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) organized a webinar on advancing the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture under the UNFCCC.