December 4th 2023, International aid agency, World Vision, has today expressed its support for the COP28 UAE Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action. The NGO says that this groundbreaking commitment is a significant stride toward a sustainable future, and it applauds the 134 countries that have pledged to fully incorporate food and food systems into the next round of their nationally determined contributions.
In welcoming this declaration, World Vision hopes for accelerated innovations that will not only support farming communities but also safeguard livelihoods and contribute to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions, which presently account for a third of global emissions.
“The commitment made by these nations is poised to enhance access to finance, scale up resilience efforts, and promote global food security. This declaration is an excellent opportunity to integrate food security work with climate action, as both are closely interlinked and interdependent. Our latest research on the impact of climate on conflict and hunger underscores that a healthy environment is indispensable for sustainable agricultural production. I truly hope that signatories will invest the resources required to implement the commitment and have a way to track and report progress” Mary Njeri, World Vision Global Hunger Response Director.
The Declaration helpfully recognises the importance of focusing on vulnerable groups, including children, through programmes such as school feeding and social protection. “It’s imperative that all climate initiatives include a child-sensitive approach as the climate crisis is a child rights crisis,” says Njeri.
World Vision remains committed to collaborating with global partners to ensure the effective implementation of the COP28 UAE Declaration, promoting resilience, food security, and sustainable practices that will benefit communities worldwide.
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Learn more about the connection between Conflict, Climate and Hunger in World Vision’s COP28 report: Rising storms – climate change effects exacerbating conflict and hunger crisis | World Vision International (wvi.org)
For more information on World Vision’s work at COP28 go tohttps://www.wvi.org/our-work/climate-change/CoP28
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