The first Global Stock Take (GST) is currently underway and we have some updates to bring you from COP28.
The GST, mandated by the 2015 Paris Agreement, requires each participating country to assess its advancements toward emission reduction and adaptation goals. This process also entails governmental parties identifying gaps and collectively devising strategies for a more sustainable future.
In the opening ceremony, Parties agreed on operationalizing funding to assist developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. This was known as the negotiations of “loss and damage.” However, the Parties have had disappointing setbacks negotiating the actual process and funding necessary to help those on the frontlines experiencing the worst of climate change’s effects.
In addition, the first draft of the GST did not include agriculture. It only mentioned the word “food” once.
Solutions from the Land would like to encourage all Parties involved to resolve their differences for the betterment of humankind. Progress is incomplete without the GST embracing agriculture and farmer-driven solutions. We urge GST constituents to consider the broader needs and contributions of agriculture, safeguarding farmers’ rights—especially those of women and youth—and prioritizing the well-being of rural communities and the unique biological nature of farms.
Stay tuned. Farmer-focused organizations, including SfL, are voicing our concerns at COP28.