UNEP and WFP combine forces by signing agreement
The United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations World Food Programme signed an agreement today that combines forces in addressing the impact of environmental stress and climate-related shocks on the food security of the world's most vulnerable people
Nairobi, 1 April 2011 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed an agreement today that combines forces in addressing the impact of environmental stress and climate-related shocks on the food security of the world's most vulnerable people.
The agreement draws on the expertise of both agencies to address global food-related emergencies, reduce the risk and impact of climate change and global warming on the environment, improve food security and promote solutions in the world's most vulnerable regions.
The African continent is not only among the most vulnerable regions but also the least equipped in terms of disaster management and reduction to the impact of climate change. As a consequence of repetitive disasters, Africa has witnessed decreased agricultural production, ecosystem degradation leading to loss of biodiversity, environmental migration and displacement within but also outside of the continent. Working together UNEP and WFP can strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience to climate change in Africa. The joint actions for this partnership include also strengthening capacity and increasing people's livelihoods by reducing climate-induced poverty.
As the voice of the environment, UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development. Its work involves providing support for environmental assessments; legal and institutional strengthening and environmental policy development; sustainable use and management of natural resources; integration of economic development and environmental protection; and promoting public participation in environmental management.
WFP is the largest United Nations humanitarian organization and a frontline actor in protecting lives and livelihoods of millions of food and nutritionally insecure people. As the emergency arm of the UN, the WFP works in countries impacted by natural and manmade disasters. The agency has also developed important analytical tools and systems aimed at assessing the potential impact of weather and climate-related food insecurity.