ECO is hopeful that countries will approach the Bonn intersessional with a renewed vigour for making real progress towards a fair, ambitious and globally binding deal that reflects the scientific, economic and humanitarian imperatives.
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.
CAN welcomes the establishment of the Ad Hoc Working group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. Now that Parties have agreed to negotiate a legally binding instrumentto be adopted no later than 2015, it is time to negotiate the substance.
The current negotiating text for Rio+20 does not fully and explicitly recognise the urgent need to act on climate change as part of a global action plan for delivering sustainable development.
This paper outlines the elements CAN believes essential to be dealt with by leaders at the Rio+20 Summit. In summary Rio plus 20 must:
1. Increase political will and ambition