COP 21: Critical for eliminating hunger

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have committed to reaching a new post-Kyoto legally-binding agreement on climate change at the end of 2015 in Paris at the Conference of Parties (COP). This agreement is essential to limit the extent of climate change and manage its impacts. The negotiations are also critical for the achievement of the World Food Programme's (WFP) mandate to eliminate hunger. 

What will WFP be doing at COP 21?

During the negotiations, WFP will support countries in their efforts to address the impacts of climate change on food security, while highlighting the importance of helping to build the climate resilience of the most food insecure and vulnerable people. WFP will participate in COP in the following ways:

  • High-level UN side event on food security and agriculture, Monday 7 December: WFP, FAO, and IFAD are leading the organisation of a joint side event on food security and agriculture at COP 21.
  • A joint exhibit on food security and agriculture. As part of the UN Exhibit at COP21, WFP, FAO and IFAD are hosting the food security and agriculture booth. 
  • Side-events. WFP is supporting the organisation of a number of UN and other side events at COP21 including on disaster risk reduction, climate services, and climate analysis.

Check the Agenda for the UN side-events 

30 November

High-level Meeting on Climate Resilience

Organizers: UN Secretary General
14:45 – 15:30, La Charante, Le Bourget, on the margins of COP21

Nairobi Work Programme 9th Focal Point Forum

Organizers: Nairobi Work Programme Support Team, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
18:00 – 20:30, Meeting Room 3, Hall 6, Le Bourget

1 December

UN Side Event: Delivering the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – Resilience in Action 

13:15 – 14:45, Side Event Room 01, Le Bourget

Press Event: Launch of Food Insecurity and Climate Change Vulnerability Index

Organizers: WFP and UK Met Office
15:00 – 15:30, Press Area Room, Le Bourget

Climate science update: from carbon budgets to strategies for climate resilience

Organizers: Walker Institute, University of Reading, UK Met Office 
16.45 – 18.15, Observer Room 01, Le Bourget

2 December

High Level Ministerial Event on Climate Services for Decision Making and Effective Adaptation

Organizers: Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) 
14:15 – 15:45, Stand No 13, Delegation Area, Le Bourget

Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System 

Organizers: U.S Department of Agriculture 
15:45-16:45; U.S. Center, Le Bourget

Lima to Paris Action Agenda Focus on Resilience: Accelerating action to strengthen resilience. (Session 7)

Organizers: Peru and UN Secretary-General’s Office
17:40 - 18:20, Side Event Room 12, Blue Zone, Le Bourget

December 3

Climate change and children’s rights: Children as vulnerable group and agents of change 

Organizers: ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF, World Vision, WFP Kenya3 
11:30 – 13:00, Side Event Room 3, Le Bourget 

December 4

UN Side Event: Science-based climate information – bringing climate science and climate policy closer

Organizers: IFAD, UNFPA, WMO with support from UNFCCC, CBD, IOC/UNESCO, IPCC, UNEP, UNESCO, UNU and WFP
13:15 - 14:45 Side Event Room 08, Le Bourget

December 7

Technical Presentation of the WFP and UK Met Office’s Climate and Food Insecurity Vulnerability Index 

Organizers: WFP and UK Met Office
11:00 – 11:50, UN Climate Studio, Le Bourget

UN Side-event: Food Security under a Changing Climate 

Organizers: FAO, IFAD and WFP with contributions from ARC, IAEA, Regional Commissions, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, WMO, OCHA, the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCS and SIDS and high level representatives.
12:45 to 14:45, Observer Room O2, Le Bourget

Africa Pavilion Side Event: Needs of Vulnerable Populations – inclusive and sustainable growth and improved living standards for all

Organizers: International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, FAO, WHO 
16:00 – 17:30, Salle 1, African Pavilion, Le Bourget 

December 10

Building Capacities, Bridging Scales: Supporting Adaptation in Africa through Climate Services

Organizers: CICERO, The Development Fund, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the World Meteorological Organisation
15:00 - 17:00,  Pavilion Connection Point, Hall 3, Le Bourget

Additional resources

Impacts of Climate Change

WFP's Climate Resilience Innovations

WFP and Climate Policy






The Food Insecurity and Climate Change Vulnerability map

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