United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 

30 November - 11 December 2015, Paris, France

Historic 1.5C Agreement marks New Era of Climate Justice

  • Limiting the global rise in temperatures to 1.

  • C a victory for vulnerable countries – the Paris Agreement answers the #1o5C campaign’s call.

  • Global collaboration of vulnerable countries moved major powers to safeguard human rights worldwide.

  • Regime provides pathway to reach 1.5°C world, address loss and damage and finance a resilient, low-emissions future.

  • Climate Vulnerable Forum confirms its new membership of 43 nations, pledging to continue to lead and sustain the fight against climate change for the one billion people it represents.

Read more on the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) website

Paris Climate Agreement unlocks opportunities for food and farming

  • The preamble of the Paris Agreement makes specific reference to “safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change” and also refers to human rights, gender, ecosystems and biodiversity, all issues that are central to agriculture.

  • Article 2.1 of the Agreement mentions the importance of protecting food production while reducing emissions.

Read more on the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website

Read about initiatives on climate-smart agriculture in Mozambique

Mozambican Prime Minister expresses fear of flooding in 2016; highlights potential of adaptation measures

Mozambique has 175,000 people affected by drought and fears flooding in 2016, the Mozambican Prime Minister announced in his speech at COP21.

"Developing countries face enormous challenges from climate change, with floods and droughts increasing in frequency and intensity. There are 175,000 Mozambicans affected by drought and in need of urgent support and, in 2016, it is expected that floods will further worsen the situation, " Carlos Agostinho do Rosario said.

According to the Mozambican leader, "these weather phenomena affect the government's efforts to meet national priorities, especially food security, that are critical to poverty reduction".

Thus, "dealing with the phenomena of droughts and floods is of prime importance to reducing risks to economies in adaptation and appropriate support for means of implementation," the Prime Minister said, suggesting that "adaptation measures" must be "complemented with robust mitigation efforts" in order to mobilize the "much-needed" financial and technical support.

Watch the webcast of the full speech on the UNFCCC site

Read about some of Mozambique's achievements to date in the face of climate change










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