UN aims to help farmers combat climate change
Two UN departments have teamed up to help strengthen nations’ abilities to craft agriculture strategies to tackle climate change.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have signed an agreement to help countries adapt to and mitigate the impact of global temperatures and meet their pledges to curb emissions.
They will launch an E-learning course to help member states build sustainable national greenhouse gas inventories and assess emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land uses.
Collaboration will include policy advice, data sharing and promotion of access to critical knowledge by agricultural smallholders – a large share of the population in many developing nations most exposed to climate change.
They will facilitate capacity building and the sharing of technical expertise between the staff of the UNFCCC, FAO and officials from developing countries.
The UNFCCC has also teamed up with the labour department to promote a fair and sustainable transition of the workforce towards low carbon economies.
The UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says record breaking global temperatures last year have continued into 2017, pushing the world into “unchartered territory”.