Conference of the Parties or ‘COP’ provides an opportunity for our world leaders to unite annually and agree on actions to address the climate crisis. COP27 took place in Sharm-el-Sheik in November 2022.
We sent a delegation to COP27 where we joined forces with over 20 organisations, including ProVeg International, Food Tank, FOUR PAWS, IPES-Food and A Well-Fed World, to host the Food4Climate Pavilion. As one of the first pavilions dedicated solely to food system change, it provided an opportunity to host daily talks, side-events and presentations, to highlight the vital yet overlooked need to transform our global food system.
The importance of taking measures to fight climate change is at an all-time high. Food production is currently responsible for one third of greenhouse gas emissions, and the livestock sector alone produces more greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) than the direct emissions of all the world’s trains, planes and cars put together.
Unless we successfully move away from animal-sourced foods, reduce food loss and waste, and switch to regenerative farming that works in harmony with nature we will be unable to meet climate targets.
At COP27, our international advocacy team followed closely the agriculture negotiations within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. We welcomed news that progress was made on the Sharm-el-Sheikh joint work on implementation of climate action on agriculture and food security. However, world leaders missed the opportunity to broadly acknowledge food systems as a whole.
Bold, ambitious changes that are properly implemented are needed to safeguard the future of our planet. Visit Global Solutions to learn more about how this can be achieved.