FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silvaopened a week-long session of the organization's executive council, with an appeal to its members to approve a proposal including more funds to be directed at nutrition and climate change issues. He expressed hope that FAO's member countries would reach consensus this week on the agency's programme of work and budget prior to formal approval by the entire membership at the FAO Conference in June. [more]
Description: The main objective of the high-level event is to highlight the importance of keeping focus on the issue of climate change and to provide impetus and momentum towards reaching a universal and ambitious agreement on climate change in Paris, in December 2015, while reafftrming that the UNFCCC is the appropriate framework for all negotiations related to climate change. It aims also to provide space for showcasing climate action, through concrete initiatives and multi-stakeholder approaches to addressclimate change.
Description: In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015”. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.