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Inter-Governmental Organisation status for CTA at global climate change negotiations

For immediate release - Wageningen, 2 July 2015

July 2, 2015

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been granted Inter-Governmental Organisation Status at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The decision is expected to strengthen CTA’s position as a leading advocate for agriculture to be moved further up the agenda in global climate change negotiations. 

UNFCCC is an international treaty, ratified by over 195 countries, under which countries cooperatively consider what they can do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with the impacts of these. The new Inter-Governmental Organisation (IGO) Status accorded to CTA is set to increase the Centre's visibility in global climate change policy processes.

The move is also likely to strengthen CTA's hand in its attempts to achieve a sharper focus for agriculture in climate change negotiations. Although agriculture is central to any debate on global warming and extreme weather events, a detailed treatment of this sector has yet to enter any of the agreements linked to UNFCCC.

As part of a campaign aimed at changing this situation, CTA has been working with partners on a range of initiatives to achieve greater prominence for agriculture in climate change discussions. Some of these partners will now be able to participate in global climate change policy events under the auspices of CTA.

"Being granted Inter-Governmental Organisation Status marks an important milestone in CTA's determined campaign to put agriculture in the spotlight on climate change negotiations," said CTA Director Michael Hailu. "It will give us and those we work with more scope to get the concerns of farmers heard by the negotiators."

CTA's new status will give it greater access to climate change negotiators at technical and information sessions held during major UNFCCC events. Specifically, it gives CTA the right to nominate delegates to attend the Conference of Parties (CoP), the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA).

CoP is the supreme body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and CTA will be sending a delegation to the 21st session (COP 21), due to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. These talks, and CTA's enhanced participation as an IGO, offer an important opportunity to press for agriculture to be included in climate change negotiations and to push for financing for both agricultural mitigation and adaptation to be worked into climate change policies, say CTA officials.

"The recognition by such a global organisation is a plus for CTA and its partners and offers increased space for them to engage more effectively on climate change policies," said Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator for Policy at CTA. "It offers an important opportunity to add our voice to ensure that agriculture does not get shut out of a global climate deal. This achievement builds on CTA's work on climate change over a period and represents collective efforts by a number of colleagues."

CTA's bid to be granted IGO status was launched in 2014 and has involved a series of rigorous technical and administrative vetting processes. Worldwide, competition for this status has stepped up significantly in recent years, with a sharp increase in the number of applications made to UNFCCC.


For more information, please contact:
Stéphane Gambier, Senior Programme Coordinator for Communication, CTA 
Tel.: +31 (0)317 46 71 79