Takeaways from COP 28

This year COP 28 took place from November 30 - December with more than 500+ side food -related side events

The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted the COP 28 on 30 November- 12 December 2023.  This year's was heralded with a number of firsts; Apart from the Loss and Damage Fund that was introduced at COP27 received the initial USD 400 million  to support the poorest and most vulnerable countries  cope with climate-related impacts-was seen as a breakthrough despite the trillions of dollars in climate damages. 

From the food systems perspective, there was a record 500 + side events around food systems alongside hosting its first COP Food Day.  Over 150 countries have endorsed the Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action was signed by 130+ signatories 

We have also seen the formation of the new  Dairy Methane Action Alliance led by Danone, Bel Group, General Mills, Lactalis USA, Kraft Heinz and Nestle - which will begin reporting their methane emissions by mid-2024 and will write methane action plans by the end of that year. Cutting human-caused methane by 45% this decade would keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, according to a 2021 assessment by the Climate & Clean Air Coalition and the United Nations Environment Programme.


  • Global Stocktake update - In short, some progress but not enough - agriculture and food are mentioned in the new draft, but the language is still nowhere near ambitious enough, and it's insufficient to elevate food systems transformation as a key lever for climate mitigation and adaptation. Sustainable agriculture is mentioned under adaptation, but there's still no reference to food system, meaning consumption and food loss and waste (critical parts of the solution to the food-climate puzzle) are at risk of being overlooked. WWF is suggesting the addition of new paragraphs in the mitigation section of the GST, and strengthening of the text in the adaptation section.

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