The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday it will be attending the climate negotiations (COP21) starting November 30. The conference will be held in Paris, France to seek solutions to the growing crisis of climate change.
WFP says that “global climate negotiations are critical for a world without hunger.” As the lead agency feeding the hungry, WFP sees first-hand the impact of the climate’s impact on food production.
In a press release WFP warned, “The current El Niño and complex droughts, storms and floods the world is experiencing today provide a window into what our future could look like if a meaningful climate agreement is not reached.” WFP is also urging a faster response to growing emergencies, which saves lives and reduces the cost of humanitarian interventions.
WFP is contending with potential famine in Ethiopia related to climate change and also a crisis in Central America. By moving humanitarian aid into these areas promptly, it prevents families from resorting to the most desperate measures to survive drought.
Relying entirely on voluntary donations, WFP has not raised enough resources to contend with current hunger emergencies around the globe, including those caused by climate change.
Etharin Cousin, the WFP director and her deputy, Amir Abdulla, will be attending the conference. The UN food agency will release a tool which combines scientific weather-forecasting and flexible finance mechanisms for natural disaster response.