Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

Effective climate action through agriculture

The Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) is a landmark decision (decision 4/CP.23) recognizing the unique potential of agriculture in tackling climate change. The KJWA was established at the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) in Fiji in 2017 as a new process to advance discussions on agriculture in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Under the leadership of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and in conjunction with ten Constituted Bodies of the Convention, countries agreed to work together to make sure that agricultural development ensures both increased food security in the face of climate change and a reduction in emissions. The joint work will address six topics related to soils, nutrient use, water, livestock, methods for assessing adaptation, and the socio-economic and food security dimensions of climate change across the agricultural sectors.

The Koronivia roadmap

KJWA roadmap (click to enlarge)

The KJWA is an inclusive process. Countries and observers submit their views and recommendations on each topic through submissions (see UNFCCC submission portal), which are discussed at workshops organized by the UNFCCC secretariat. The Subsidiary Bodies (SBs) will report back on the outcomes of the KJWA to COP 26 in November 2021, and this will determine the way forward. 

The Koronivia roadmap provides a timeline of the in-session workshops and determines how the joint work will be organized. Workshops for each of the six KJWA topics will be held during the 2018-2020 SB sessions, which take place twice a year: in May/June in Bonn and in conjunction with the Conferences of Parties (COP), in November/December.

*Please note that the KJWA roadmap may change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic