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FAO PROPOSES FIVE KEY ACTIONS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CONFLICT AT UN SECURITY COUNCIL.

New York – Climate crisis and conflicts are becoming increasingly intertwined, feeding into one another to perpetuate hunger and poverty. Urgent action and innovative solutions are required to address global food

insecurity, said Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The event entitled “The Impact of Climate Change and Food Insecurity on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security”, the signature event of Guyana’s presidency, was chaired by President Mohamed Irfan Ali of Guyana bringing together over 80 Member States. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres delivered his opening remarks stressing that climate disasters and conflict both inflame inequalities, imperil livelihoods, and force people from their homes.
The other briefers included Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Simon and Jimena, the Director of Global Initiatives and Head of Peace, Climate, and Sustainable Development at the International Peace Institute.
Farmers bear the brunt of climate impacts.
“The climate crisis spares no one, but it does not affect everyone equally or in the same way,” she said. “We know that the populations at greatest risk are those that depend on agriculture and natural resources – they live in rural areas and they are farmers themselves.” The Deputy Director-General added that such populations were also prone to disputes arising from the scarcity of natural resources.
According to the 2023 Global Report on Food Crises, 258 million people in 58 countries are facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above), with over two-thirds or 174 million people falling under this category because of climate and conflict.
“Climate change will undo progress made in alleviating hunger, but as it intensifies it will create further disruptions and continue to be a driver of conflict”, she said, noting that according to some projections, 10 percent of the currently suitable area for major crops and livestock could be climatically unsuitable by mid-century under high emission scenarios.
In Yemen, FAO has implemented a water for peace project which has helped to mitigate water-based conflicts – with women as conflict-resolution agents. Through cash for work, participating communities have protected areas where water flows during rainfall and rehabilitated irrigation canals. Farming communities engaged, under the project, to resolve local conflicts over water allocation.
The Deputy Director-General outlined five critical actions to address climate-conflict nexus:
Prioritize investments to build climate-resilient food systems, drawing on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and community-based approaches.
Request UN entities to regularly analyses, and report on, risks and links associated with climate change. Data and information are key for targeted interventions.
Improve strategic coordination at all levels and leverage existing mechanisms – such as, the UN Climate Security Mechanism and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Climate Security Coordination Mechanism.
Establish regional climate, peace and security hubs, such as done by the Office of the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.
He concluded by stressing that agriculture cannot be neglected. It is a key solution to the growing threats from climate change, conflict and their impacts on food security. “It is time to focus on farmers, on pastoralists, on fisherfolk, on foresters – we cannot afford to leave anyone behind,” she said

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  • johnte ndeto

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    Such proposals as of sustainable agricultural practices and farmers empowerment are critical to counter hunger among related climate adversities

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    • George Kariuki

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      Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and empowering farmers will be vital for a stable and food-secure future.

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      • Boniface Kuria

        8 w

        Good to see that global leaders have come to the realization that climate change is a crucial component of the world's security.

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        • walter lungayi

          8 w

          This is an important step in recognizing the link between climate change and conflict, and taking action to address the issue at a global level.

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          • Munene Mugambi

            8 w

            We are interested in seeing these new key actions put an end to world hunger. I know we are capable of it, so why do we not do it? We have the funds and resources anyway

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            • Joseph Githinji

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              This are great proposals towards creating a sustainable future, especially the focus on food security which is so critical to all of us.

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              • Jane Wangui

                8 w

                @joseph_githinji To save our planet we must exaust all our options.

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