Three Things WFP will be doing at COP 20

The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place 1-12 December 2014 in Lima, Peru, and WFP will be there.

What do climate negotiations mean for world hunger?

Hunger is at the centre of climate change discussions. The people most at risk of hunger also live in fragile environments prone to disasters – which constantly threaten to push them into chronic food insecurity and poverty. At Lima, policy makers will discuss the texts for the next big climate change agreement to be signed in Paris 2015.  

So what will WFP be doing exactly in COP 20? 
WFP will be discussing the issues of food security and climate resilience with UNFCCC delegates in a number of formal and informal forums, including a number of side events. WFP is part of a single UN engagement at the COP, which includes a UN common exhibit area for delegates to view UN joint climate change efforts. WFP will share a booth with IFAD and FAO on Food Security and Agriculture, and also support a booth on Resilience.  

Here is what we’ll be doing:

1.   Analyses 

Peruvian woman studying climate change analysis

Based on extensive food insecurity and climate change analysis work, WFP will be helping countries to understand the impact of climate change on the most food insecure and vulnerable people. In addition to talking with delegates and sharing climate analysis publications, we’ll be participating in side-events on the use of climate data and the impacts of El Niño. Recent WFP country-level climate and food security analyses include: Ethiopia, Senegal, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Kyrgyz Republic.

2.  Innovations 

Peruvian man planting in a greenhouse

WFP will share its innovative work on climate change adaptation, resilience building and risk management in order to provide governments with additional ideas and actions that can help people adapt to and deal with climate disasters now and in the future. Some of the side-events will also include discussions on these issues.

3.   Policy 

Peruvian woman helping build covers for their food

WFP will also be discussing with delegates some of the top COP policy issues related to adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance, and food security and agriculture. We will be following the negotiations on these topics to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable and food insecure populations are incorporated into the discussions.

Our goal is to ensure that both food insecure populations and the action needed to build their resilience to climate disasters are considered in the talks. This is critical in order to achieve a meaningful agreement that helps pave the way towards eliminating global hunger. According to estimates, failing to do so could imply a 20 percent increase in the risk of hunger by 2050.

More information on WFP’s participation at COP-20 can be found at: www.wfp.org/cop20.