The Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration
In November 2021, just 6 months from now, Glasgow City will host nearly 200 governments for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The climate conference will face the monumental task of bridging the gap between countries’ current commitments and the significant transformation needed to tackle the climate emergency in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. According to the UN, food systems currently account for over a third of total GHG emissions, with roughly two-thirds of food system emissions coming from agriculture, land use and changes in land use. The international agricultural sector and food systems hold the potential to deliver on climate action with additional benefits for biodiversity, health, livelihoods and justice; making COP26 an unique opportunity to bring food systems reform to the forefront of the climate debate.
The Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration, led by Nourish Scotland and IPES-Food in partnership with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, ICLEI, Sustainable Food Places, and URBACT among others offers an important opportunity for local and sub-national governments and organisations to renew and share their commitment to tackling the climate emergency using an integrated food policy approach. The Declaration represents a timely call to action ahead of the COP26 for national governments to take a food systems approach to the climate emergency.
The Declaration partnership invites local and subnational governments to join Glasgow, Paris, Scotland, São Paolo, New Haven and 40 other local and subnational government bodies who have signed the Declaration and added their voice to the call to put food and local actors at the heart of global climate action. Civil society organisations, research institutions and other non-government organisations are invited to add their voice to the Declaration as both partners and supporters.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE GLASGOW CLIMATE DECLARATION HERE.
For more information about this work, please contact Nourish Scotland's Project Officer, Sofie Quist: firstname.lastname@example.org