FAO 9 November 2016, Mexico City - More than 100 lawmakers from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Spain highlighted the imperative need to act against the effects of climate change through legislation, at the opening of the VII Forum of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, the Parliamentary Fronts against Hunger are key to enforcing the commitments of the Paris Agreements and the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), especially those closely related to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
"Parliaments can make an important contribution to the fight against climate change by adjusting national laws to international standards and facilitating the implementation of global agreements," said Tito Diaz, FAO’s Coordinator for Mesoamerica.
In addition, parliamentarians can establish the institutional frameworks and budgets that mitigation and adaptation to climate change require, linking these efforts to anti-hunger policies.
Currently, the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament is working to create a Model Law on Climate Change and Food and Nutrition Security, while the Central American Parliament is supporting a framework law to guide the countries of Central America in these matters.
Parliamentary fronts can also have a strong influence in supporting governance for the sustainable use of natural resources and the strengthening of livelihoods, two critical factors for countries facing climate change.
"It is necessary to work for a new agri-food model that feeds our whole population in a healthy and sustainable way, contributing also to the adaptation to climate change and its mitigation", said the general coordinator of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger in LAC, María Augusta Calle, at the opening of the Forum, which runs from today until November 11, in Mexico City.