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FAO Director-General meets UN SG Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

"All efforts for agriculture and food security everywhere have to take account of climate change"

21 October 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met David Nabarro, United Nations Secretary-General Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, David Nabarro, for talks that focused on the impact of climate change in agriculture. 

"Climate change is already affecting food security for tens of millions of people throughout the world, and it is getting worse particularly because of seasonal fluctuations like El Niño that we've had,” Nabarro said in remarks after the meeting. He added that this shows that “all efforts for agriculture and food security everywhere have to take account of climate change.” 

“We are helped in doing this by some new policy context in which we are working,” he added, “one is the coming into force of the COP21 Climate agreement from Paris in 2015. This came into force in record time, early in October, and now as we move in to the COP22 in Marrakesh, we'll be seeing a major new discussion on the patterns of future development which will be low carbon and focusing on resilience, and that particularly applies to agriculture: keep the carbon emissions down whilst at the same time focusing on resilience, and where possible establishing patterns of agriculture and land use that actually capture carbon as well.”

Watch his full remarks:

 

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