Stories tagged: COP21

2015 Paris Climate Change Conference

In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will host this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society. Continue reading

Join our Webinar on Agriculture and Climate Change Ahead of COP21

21st October 2015

12pm – 2pm BST

Are you prepared for COP21? Do you want to engage but not sure how? Register for our two-hour webinar, that will provide an overview of where and how agriculture is positioned in the UNFCCC climate negotiations.  A series of resources for advocates and communicators will be presented to help you engage meaningfully at COP21 and its technical subsidiary bodies (e.g. SBSTA).

** Register here **

This webinar is aimed at climate change negotiators, their technical advisors and any agricultural organisation interested in food security and climate change. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers at the end of the session. These speakers include:

  • Anette Engelund Friis, CCAFS Head of Program Coordination
  • Peter Iversen, former negotiator for Denmark
  • James Kinyangi, CCAFS East Africa
  • Michael Hoevel, Farming First

The webinar is hosted by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and by the global agricultural coalition Farming First.

Register now online or email Septivita Ratih ([email protected]no later than 14 October 2015 to join the discussion.

Featured image: N. Palmer, CIAT

Bernard Giraud: How Big Business Can Step Up to the Sustainable Development Goals

In this guest blog post, Bernard Giraud, President of the Livelihoods Venture & Senior Advisor forSustainability and Shared Value Creation at Danone, outlines the ways the private sector can ensure the Sustainable Development Goals are met. This is part of our ongoing series on the state of the Sustainable Development Goal negotiations.

“Our role is not just to sell a bottle of water or a cup of yoghurt. It’s much more than that. We need to look after our ecosystem, and what is more important in our ecosystem than the farmer selling to us milk, fruits, coffee, chocolate and so forth?”

These words come from Frank Riboud, Chairman, Board of Directors at Danone, and sum up the way big businesses are now looking at their supply chains. We know that smallholders make up over 70 per cent of the world’s production of raw materials – that’s the cocoa, sugar and vanilla that businesses buy in huge quantities to make your favorite foods. They depend on these farmers. Yet millions of them remain impoverished, struggling to produce their crops on degraded lands, with limited access to the tools, technology and skills they need to boost their production, protect the environment and secure their own livelihoods. Continue reading