FAO urges to scale up response to climate change in agricultural sectors
January 7, 2019
Investing in policies, people, data, innovations and leadership should be part of the solution – FAO Deputy Director-General says at COP24 summit
The world must scale up the response to climate change, particularly in agricultural sectors, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo told delegates at a high-level side-event of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, today. It will require investing in multi-sectoral policy design, implementation capacity, people, data, innovations as well as leadership, especially for women, she said.
At the special event, focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Semedo warned of the increased global hunger levels, driven largely by the impacts of climate change, conflicts, and economic slowdown, noting that “our efforts to end hunger will become more challenging if warming reaches two degrees Celsius”.
However, “achieving Zero Hunger is still possible,” she stressed, adding that in order to succeed it is essential “to define transformative actions that will reshape our food systems, sustainably and equitably for all.”
In her remarks, she also emphasized the importance of conservation of ecosystems to protect the environment and address the impacts of climate change by saying that “our soils, forests and oceans are our allies in effectively supporting climate change mitigation and the adaptation of the most vulnerable communities” and urged greater investment in the integrated and sustainable management of natural resources.
Originally published on the FAO website.
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