In Glasgow’s climate summit, around 27 countries have signed up for a sustainable agriculture plan at the end of the first week of (Conference of Parties) COP26, making new commitments to make farming less polluting and more sustainable.
On Saturday, at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture and the Sustainable Agriculture Policy Action Agenda for the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture was the highlighted action pledges to be taken by the participating countries.
Countries laid out new commitments to change their agricultural policies to become more sustainable and help keep the environment clean.
The countries have also pledged to invest in science essential for making agriculture more sustainable and to protect food supplies from climatic change.
The Indian-origin UK Cabinet minister, Alok Sharma, in his role as President of COP26, said that if they are to limit global warming and 1.5 degree Celsius goal is kept alive, then the world needs to use land sustainably and put restoration and protection of nature in our main priority list.
He also said that the commitments made showed that to meet Paris Agreement goals, land and nature use are being recognized as essentials and would contribute to addressing both crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss.
He further stated that as they move forward to negotiations In week two of COP, he urged that all parties come together to table with ambitions needed and constructive compromises.
Some other countries that signed up for the agenda are Spain, Switzerland, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Guinea, Ghana, Germany, Costa Rica, Netherlands, Uganda, Tanzania, Laos, Nigeria, Lesotho, UK, Sierra Leone, Philippines, and UAE.
The Ocean Action Day on Friday was followed by the announcement of 10 new countries signing up for the “30by30” target, which aims to protect 30 percent of the world’s ocean by 2030.
The countries that signed up for this target are Saudi Arabia, India, St Lucia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Tonga, Jamaica, Gambia, and Georgia. Over 100 countries now support this target.
Greta Thunderberg, Swedish Activist, joined thousands of people at the “Global Day of Action for Climate Justice” march, the biggest during the COP26 summit, which happened alongside several other similar events globally.