Support to the UNFCCC process
Negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are nearing an important milestone with the post-2020 global climate agreement scheduled to be concluded in Paris in December 2015.
FAO is currently an observer to UNFCCC and provides technical advice to member countries. FAO has an important role to play in the negotiations under the Convention, where ensuring food production is not threatened is a primary objective.
Article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change states that:
“The ultimate objective of this Convention and any related legal instruments that the Conference of the Parties may adopt is to achieve, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention, stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner”.
The agricultural sectors are a critical component of the global response to climate change. FAO plays an important role in assisting member countries to understand the challenges and opportunities for the sectors and the range of possible responses. This includes advising on the UNFCCC process. Decisive action on climate change is crucial if we wish to eliminate hunger. Below is FAO’s approach to food security and climate change:
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division: NRC-Director@fao.org