Kawamura Implores COP 28 Delegation for Action on Agriculture

December 8, 2023

Media Advisory

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

December 8, 2023

On Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, Solutions from the Land Co-Chair A.G. Kawamura addressed the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) on behalf of the UNFCCC Farmers Constituency, addressing the impasse in work to construct a roadmap for the Sharm el-Sheikh joint work on agriculture.

Kawamura highlighted this fundamental problem in his remarks at the plenary session of the parties and encouraged the delegations to engage with a renewed sense of urgency, recognizing that the timeline to build more climate smart and resilient global food systems cannot wait for a perfect plan. “We need progress not more discussion. After all, successful agriculture sustains civilization” said Kawamura.

Although nearly 140 countries signed onto the Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Change, The failure to agree on a roadmap to implementation is a major disappointment and a failure to move beyond process to implementation,” said Solutions from the Land President Ernie Shea, who led SfL’s week one delegation to COP 28. “The lack of constructive dialogue and willingness to find common ground means that a year has been wasted.” As of now, the impasse effectively shuts down work to advance Sharm el-Sheikh joint work discussions until June 2024.

Solutions from the Land appreciates the honor of representing UNFCC Farmers Constituency and farmers across the globe in this important intervention before the assembled parties and will continue to press for action to unlock agricultural solutions to climate change and other global challenges over the course of the conference.

For more information, contact Ernie Shea, SfL President 410-952-0123  eshea@solutionsfromtheland.org, or A.G. Kawamura, SfL Co-Chair, agkawa@me.com.

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