Nairobi, May 5, 2023 – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) today announced that the climate crisis, environmental degradation, biodiversity and ecosystem loss affect the food and water security of millions of people around the world. We have signed an agreement to deal with the devastating impact. world.
The agreement, signed in Nairobi by WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain and UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen, advances cooperation on climate change adaptation, sustainable food systems, water resource management and ecosystem restoration. .
“Food and water go hand in hand. We can restore ecosystems and scale up climate adaptation programs to ensure that future generations have the basic resources they need to produce enough food. “WFP’s global footprint and operational scale, combined with UNEP’s world-class scientific expertise, will empower governments, communities and families on the front lines of the climate crisis to empower themselves. Our partnership will reduce humanitarian needs and support long-term solutions to hunger.”
Water and food security are two sides of the same coin. Too much or too little water affects food production, availability, availability and use. Climate extremes such as droughts and floods are increasing in intensity and frequency, accelerating environmental degradation, ecosystem loss, and ultimately people’s ability to produce and access adequate food.
“If we work more closely together, we can create real and meaningful impact. We can strengthen climate mitigation and adaptation. We can help vulnerable people in order to maintain healthy, productive and resilient ecosystems, said Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director.
WFP and UNEP will work with local communities, local governments, central governments, regional organizations, UN partners and other stakeholders to develop data and resources to improve food, water and environmental security in vulnerable communities. Match science with the ability to restore, build and expand degraded ecosystems. Actions to adapt to the climate crisis and support sustainable agricultural practices.
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For more information, please contact:
Alessandro Abbonizio, WFP/Nairobi, Mob: +254 723 001 639
Keishamaza Rukikaire, UNEP/Nairobi, Mob: +254 722 677 747