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The Koronivia joint work on agriculture (KJWA) is a decision that was reached at the UN climate conference (COP23) in November 2017, officially acknowledging the significance of the agriculture sectors in adapting to and mitigating climate change. In partnership with other actors at international and national level, FAO is working to support the development and implementation of the KJWA.

Under this decision FAO supports countries providing technical support to adapt to and mitigate climate change, working in close collaboration with UNFCCC and other partners.

Climate Change Conference COP24

2-14 December At this year’s Conference, the first in-session workshop took place dedicated to 'modalities for implementation' for climate action in the agriculture sectors through the KJWA 2018-2020. 

Next steps

  • By 6 May 2019, parties and observers have been invited to submit views on: 'Methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits'; and 'Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems, including water management'. Workshops related to these topics will then be organised at the 50th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies  (SBI50 and SBSTA 50) from 17-27 June 2019.
  • In draft conclusions drawn up during the last COP, countries emphasised the need for the financial mechanisms (The Global Environment Facility and the Green Climate Fund); the Adaptation Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund to contribute to outcomes of the KJWA workshops.
  • New Zealand’s proposal to host a workshop related to the Koronivia road map, will be discussed in June 2019 during the inter-session meeting (SBI 50 and SBSTA 50).

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 8-9 March 2018

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.

Webinar February 2018

Webinar 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.