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A key takeaway from COP23

(GERMANY)

One of the key takeaways from the Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn is the need to grasp the link between climate change and rising hunger levels.

The Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) reported recently that “world hunger is on the rise” for the first time in decades, with over 800 million estimated to be undernourished globally in 2016. And the World Food Programme (WFP) says that if serious steps aren’t taken, ‘climate change could increase the risk of hunger by 20% by 2050’.

There is undoubtedly a need for greater ambition and action to be taken across all sectors and sections of society, to avert this impending disaster, and to achieve the goals established by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

One thing everyone can do is sign up to the Climate Neutral Now Pledge, an initiative from the United Nations Climate Change secretariat, open to individuals, businesses and government.

And to keep track of the progress being made, the first ever Yearbook of Global Climate Action – released at COP23, which concludes tomorrow – shows what ‘cities, regions, businesses and investors’ are doing to deliver on the targets of the Paris Agreement.

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