On September 1, 2020, a report “Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Food Systems” published by World Wide Fund (WWF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), non-profit organization EAT & think tank Climate Focus based on strengthening food systems in the age of climate crisis.
- The report stated that Policymakers can improve the chances of achieving climate goals and limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius by making more specific commitments to transforming national food systems.
- The report identified 16 ways to address the issue and put it forward in the public domain for policymakers to take action.
Reason behind Report:
This report was released to help the policymakers in adopting food systems solutions and set more ambitious targets and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, in turn, improve biodiversity, food security, and public health.
- Food security, hunger and food wastage are largely discussed issues amid COVID -19 pandemic.
- Food systems – which gather all the elements and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food – account for up to 37% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
- Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries are expected to resubmit their NDCs every five years. In 2020, policymakers have the opportunity to adopt food systems solutions and set more ambitious targets and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in turn, improve biodiversity, food security and public health.
- Policymakers can improve their mitigation and adaptation contributions from food systems by up to 25 percent.
Recent Related News:
On August 25, 2020, ReNew Power and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed a partnership agreement to promote increased access to renewable energy and improved energy efficiency. This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a part of progressive strategies that India has adopted to realise its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.
About United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) :
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Headquarter– Nairobi, Kenya
About World Wide Fund (WWF):
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Carter Roberts
Headquarter– Gland, Switzerland