Agriculture Working Group

Globally, agricultural activities contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions but also provide millions with their livelihood and food security. They are therefore a critical component of the sustainable development debate. Addressing these emissions will be critical if we are to achieve the UNFCCC goal of limiting average global temperature increases and climate change. Thus, to the greatest extent possible, policies at all levels should be designed and implemented to meet four goals: (i) In sustainable ways, maintain and increase the security of food supplies for food insecure people, particularly in developing countries; (ii) Enable small-scale food producers and other vulnerable populations to become more resilient to climate change; (iii) Sustainably reduce emissions from the agricultural sector; and (iv) Reduce emissions from the conversion of other land to agriculture. The Agriculture Working Group coordinates advocacy and policy matters to this end.

For more information please contact:
Teresa Anderson, Action Aid Teresa.Anderson@actionaid.org
Ram Kishan, Christian Aid, ramkishan2000@gmail.com

CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, Spanish: Katowice - Impulsando el Acuerdo de París a la Acción, November 2018

El informe del IPCC sobre 1.5ºC es una alarma de alerta a la humanidad sobre la urgencia de la crisis climática. El reporte refleja que incluso medio grado de calentamiento hace una gran diferencia en términos de impactos, más de lo que se conocía antes. También refleja que algunas comunidades y ecosistemas ya están siendo forzados a superar los límites de la adaptación. El informe muestra además que las herramientas necesarias para alcanzar las metas del Acuerdo de París de limitar el calentamiento global a 1.5ºC están dentro del alcance de la ciencia y de la capacidad humana.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, French: Katowice - Transformer l’Accord de Paris en Action, November 2018

Le rapport du GIEC sur l’objectif de 1.5 ° C apparait comme une sirène alertant l’humanité sur l’urgence de la crise climatique. Le rapport montre que même un demi-degré de réchauffement aurait une énorme différence en termes d’impacts; bien au-délà de ce que qui était anticipé jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Ce rapport met aussi en évidence que certaines communautés et certains écosystèmes ont déjà atteint les limites de leurs capacités d›adaptation.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, Arabic: Katowice - Spurring the Paris Agreement to Action, November 2018

تقرير الهيئة الحكومية المعنية بتغير المناخ الـ IPCCحول 1.5 درجة مئوية هو صافرة إنذار لتنبيه الإنسانية إلى الحاجة الملحة حول أزمة المناخ. ويبين التقرير أنه ومع نصف درجة مئوية من الحرارة، يمكنه ان يحدث فرقا كبيرا من حيث الآثار وأكثر بكثير مما كان معروفا في السابق.

لكنه يظهر أيضا أن بعض المجتمعات والنظم الإيكولوجية فعليا، يتم إجبارها على حدود التكيف.

يوضح التقرير أيضا الأدوات اللازمة لتحقيق أهداف اتفاقية باريس للحد من ارتفاع درجات الحرارة الى 1.5 درجة مئوية.  والتي تعد ممكنة اقتصاديا وتقنيا، ولكن ينقصها الإرادة السياسية في الوقت الحالي.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, Russian Translation: Katowice - Spurring the Paris Agreement to Action, November 2018

Специальный доклад МГЭИК по цели 1,5°C прозвучал тревожным сигналом, предупреждающим человечество о необходимости в срочном порядке принять меры для урегулирования климатического кризиса. Согласно докладу, потепление даже на половину градуса имеет огромное значение с точки зрения воздействий, это – больше, чем было известно ранее. Доклад также свидетельствует о том, что для некоторых сообществ и экосистем ситуация выходит за пределы возможности адаптации.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary: Katowice - Spurring the Paris Agreement to Action, November 2018

The IPCC report on 1.5°C is a siren alerting humanity to the urgency of the climate crisis. The report shows even half a degree of warming makes a huge difference in terms of impacts; more than was previously known. It also shows that, already, some communities and ecosystems are being forced beyond the limits of adaptation. The report further demonstrates the tools needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C are within the scope of science and human capability. It is economically and technically feasible, but we need political will right now.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Full Version: Katowice - Spurring the Paris Agreement to Action, November 2018

The IPCC report on 1.5°C is a siren alerting humanity to the urgency of the climate crisis. The report shows even half a degree of warming makes a huge difference in terms of impacts; more than was previously known. It also shows that, already, some communities and ecosystems are being forced beyond the limits of adaptation. The report further demonstrates the tools needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C are within the scope of science and human capability. It is economically and technically feasible, but we need political will right now.

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CAN Submission: Elements to be included in Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA), April 2018

At COP23, Decision –CP/23 invited parties and observers to submit their views on elements to be included in the joint SBSTA-SBI work that is now known as the “Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture” (KJWA).

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Civil Society React to the One Planet Summit

The One Planet Summit is a positive move in the right direction. But

governments must step up with faster and more ambitious climate action.

Paris - The One Planet Summit saw the emergence of many positive initiatives namely the

World Bank committing to stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction projects by

2019 and AXA insurance halting all new coal and oil sands development and announcing 12

billion Euros of green investment by 2020.

While they are positive steps in the right direction, these pledges are not enough to meet the

objectives of the Paris Agreement and the needs of vulnerable communities to adapt to climate

change and deal with the damages and losses caused by its impacts. We know from the 2017

United Nations Emissions Gap Report that we are not on track. The report tells us that we need

to triple efforts, step up both private and public finance and accelerate the deployment of

renewables to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and keep warming below 1.5C.

This year is probably among the five-warmest since about 150 years and brought massive

hurricanes in the Atlantic and the Caribbean, devastating floods in south Asia and out of control

wildfires in California. Simultaneously, 2017 might have broken the global record of man-made

CO2 emissions after three years of stagnating carbon pollution, indicating that global use of

fossil fuels is growing stronger than its replacement by renewables. 

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