India: India joins COP26 action program on sustainable agriculture
The “Action Program for a Sustainable Agricultural Policy for the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture and the Global Action Program for Innovation in Agriculture” were among the flagship action commitments that participating countries made. during the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention. on climate change (UNFCCC) on Saturday.
Countries have made new commitments to change their agricultural policies to become more sustainable and less polluting, and to invest in the science needed for sustainable agriculture and to protect food supplies from climate change.
“If we want to limit global warming and maintain the target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, then the world must use the land sustainably and place the protection and restoration of nature at the heart of everything we do”, said Alok Sharma, the native Indian. British Cabinet Minister, in his role as President of COP26.
“The commitments made today show that nature and land use are recognized as essential to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and will help address the dual crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss. In the meantime, as we anticipate the negotiations for the second week of the COP, I urge all parties to sit around the table with the constructive compromises and the necessary ambitions, “he said.
Besides India, Australia, Uganda, Madagascar, Tanzania, Vietnam, Nigeria, Lesotho, Laos, Indonesia, Guinea, Ghana, Germany, Philippines, Ethiopia , United Kingdom, Colombia, Costa Rica, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.
The announcement follows Ocean Action Day Friday of more than 10 new countries signing the “30by30” goal to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.
These include India, Bahrain, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, India, Qatar, Samoa, Tonga, Gambia and Georgia, with the goal now supported by more than 100 countries.
Among other developments in the first week of the COP26 climate summit, the World Bank will commit to spending US $ 25 billion in climate finance per year until 2025 as part of its climate action plan, including with a focus on agriculture and food systems.
The conclusion of the first week, which opened with the World Leaders Summit attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was marked by a massive protest march by environmental activists in Glasgow on Saturday.
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of people in the “Global Day of Action for Climate Justice” march, the largest to date at the COP26 summit which took place in conjunction with hundreds of similar events around the world.
After a brief break on Sunday, climate talks will resume on Monday and end at the end of the summit next Friday.