Australian farmers will be represented at the world’s biggest conversation on climate change, with the National Farmers’ Federation announcing it will again be sending a delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 28 in Dubai.
President David Jochinke and CEO Tony Mahar will attend from 7-11 December to ensure the voice of Australian farmers is heard in this key multilateral forum.
The NFF will be joined by its members, Australian Forestry Products Association and Farmers for Climate Action, and key NFF partner Farming for the Future, to drive the discussions around a sustainable future for the production of food and fibre.
“Agriculture is one of the most vulnerable industries to the impacts of climate change but it is also uniquely positioned to provide opportunities for mitigation,” Mr Jochinke said.
“We need to be in the room for these conversations about our industry, so we can put forward Australian farmers’ views, share what we are doing in the face of a changing climate and make sure farmers are involved in making the decisions that affect them.
“We look forward to working closely with the Australian representatives as well as international counterparts to achieve positive outcomes for the farming community.
“The NFF plays an active leadership role across multiple international forums, including the World Farmers’ Organisation, and is looking forward to working with the WFO to promote best practice policies that ensure agriculture is at the centre of climate change negotiations.”
This week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Farmers’ Constituency – of which NFF is a part of – released its statement for COP28, highlighting the important role farming has in the global effort to tackle climate change while ensuring food security.