FAO at the General Assembly of the United Nations

United Nations General Assembly 75th session - 15 September to 2 October 2020

The General Assembly is a forum for multilateral negotiation. Since its establishment in 1945, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues. It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law.

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will be held from 15 September to 2 October 2020, with the General Debate from 22 to 26 September and 29 September.

The overall theme is 75th anniversary of the United Nations ­–  The future we want, the UN we need: Reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism.

High level meetings

FAO side events

Key documents

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020

Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets

The report complements the usual assessment of food security and nutrition with projections of what the world may look like in 2030, if trends of the last decade continue. Projections show that the world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and, despite some progress, most indicators are also not on track to meet global nutrition targets. The food security and nutritional status of the most vulnerable population groups is likely to deteriorate further due to the health and socio economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDGs

20 interconnected actions to guide decision-makers

Food and agriculture stand today at a crossroads. Looking back, major improvements in agricultural productivity have been recorded over recent decades to satisfy the food demand of a growing global population. But progress has often come with social and environmental costs, including water scarcity, soil degradation, ecosystem stress, biodiversity loss, decreasing fish stocks and forest cover, and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. The productive potential of our natural resources base has been damaged in many places around the globe, compromising the future fertility of the planet.

The State of the World’s Forests 2020

Forests, biodiversity and people

The State of the World’s Forests 2020 assesses progress to date in meeting global targets and goals related to forest biodiversity and examines the effectiveness of policies, actions and approaches, in terms of both conservation and sustainable development outcomes. A series of case studies provide examples of innovative practices that combine conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity to create balanced solutions for both people and the planet.

FAO's work with Small Island Developing States

Transforming food systems, sustaining small islands

The world’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS) share unique vulnerabilities, resulting in a complex set of food security and nutrition challenges. Because of their small size and isolation, SIDS are particularly threatened by natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.