Join us at the Climate Conference COP24

IFOAM – Organics International is organising and attending several events at the COP24 and beyond to speak out on behalf of the organic food and farming community and to raise awareness of the urgent need to make organic agriculture part of a climate change solution.

 How is it possible to limit global warming to 1.5°C

In its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, released on 8 October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sends us an unwavering message:  limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C is feasible if radical emissions cuts, transformative pathways and the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems are implemented.  But they also add that 1.5°C is absolutely vital in order to contain the impacts of climate change and the risks for humans and ecosystems that are associated with it. The report issues a clear call for radical emission cuts: global greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by around 45 percent by 2030 (compared to 2010 levels), and reach zero by around 2050.

Missing Pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action” released one week after the IPCC report by the Climate, Land, Ambition & Rights Alliance (CLARA) - of which IFOAM - Organics International is member - shows how greater ambition to secure land rights, restore forest ecosystems, and move toward truly sustainable food systems such as organic farming and agroeoclogy, can help to limit global warming to 1.5°C by reducing global emissions by 23 gigatonnes of CO2- equivalent per year by 2050, eliminating the need for geoengineering technologies.


The Paris Agreement was agreed in 2015 and parties committed on a three-year work program to be finished this year, at COP 24 in Katowice. While the Agreement states basic obligations for all countries – a milestone of climate negotiations – it also introduces new procedures called “Paris Agreement implementation guidelines” or “Paris Rulebook”, which will be decided over the next two weeks. 

Beside the finalization of the Paris Rulebook, the Talanoa Dialogue will also come to a conclusion and its results should be endorsed by a official position. The dialogue allows countries, as well as non-Party stakeholders, to share stories and showcase best practices in order to urgently raise ambition – including pre-2020 action – in nationally determined contributions (NDCs). 

There will also be discussions on the implementation of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, a landmark decision adopted at COP23 recognising the vital role of food and farming in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Thus, COP24 is expected to be the most pivotal moment  in the international climate effort since the Paris summit in 2015.


  • 12 December -  we will co-organise an official side event titled: "Speed Up the Cool Down: Scaling up Regenerative Solutions to Climate Change", where we will showcase concrete solutions and frameworks to accelerate carbon sequestration, food sovereignty and biodiversity preservation. Meeting Room Narew, 11:30-13:30.
  • 12 December -  meet some organic farmers from Small Island States at the event: "The farmer's voice - organic agriculture, a solution grown from tradition".  The event is co-organised by IFOAM - Organics International at the Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion, 14:00 -15:00.
  • 13 December - our Vice President Jennifer Chang will participate in the High Level Segment of the 4per1000 inititative of which IFOAM - Organics International is member.


If you are also travelling to COP24 and would like to meet with us or invite us to an event, please contact Gábor Figeczky, Head of Global Policy, advocacy [at]


Learn more about how organic farming can counter climate change here

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