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How WFP is supporting global climate action

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The internationally agreed objectives of global climate action are fundamental in guiding WFP’s approach to protecting food security and nutrition in a warming world. Today, climate variability and extremes are among the key drivers of hunger. In 2017, the number of hungry people has risen for the fourth year in a row, to 821 million worldwide. This is setting the fight against hunger back by more than a decade. If global temperatures keep rising to 2 °C, an additional 189 million people could become more vulnerable to food insecurity. In line with global policy processes governing the fight against hunger and climate change, WFP is supporting governments to fulfil international commitments and protect vulnerable communities and food systems in a more uncertain and hazardous environment.

WHAT IS THE PARIS AGREEMENT AND WHY IS IT RELEVANT FOR WFP?

The Paris Agreement, within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aims to strengthen the global response to the adverse effects of climate change on people and ecosystems. This includes limiting the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, and increasing the ability of public and private sector institutions to adapt to increasingly adverse circumstances. The effective provision and programming of climate finance is a key aspect for governments in this regard.