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FAO at the General Assembly of the United Nations

United Nations High-level Week, New York | 21 - 27 September 2019

In September, world leaders gather at United Nations Headquarters to signal how they will boost action to respond to the climate emergency and ensure the health and wellbeing of people, everywhere.

Action is being taken to address these challenges. Investment in inclusive and sustainable economies can unleash significant opportunities for shared prosperity. And the political, technological and financial solutions are within our reach. But much greater leadership and rapid, unprecedented changes are needed to align these levers of change with sustainable development objectives.

Bringing together leaders from governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations — these meetings can help generate the ambition and the impetus needed to protect the planet and put the world on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including through effective multilateral cooperation.

Together, this year’s world gathering can kickstart a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

FAO participation at Summits & High-level events

Saturday, 21 September | 11:30 - 12:00 (EST)
Director-General Youth in Motion book signing at Youth Summit side event

Saturday, 21 September | 16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Climate Summit Side Event: Local Leadership for Climate
Live webcast available here

Sunday, 22 September | 09:30 - 12:00 (EST)
Nature-Based Solutions Momentum High-level event

Sunday, 22 September | 14:00 - 16:00 (EST)
G5 Sahel Heads of State event
Live webcast available here

Monday, 23 September | 10:00 - 10:30 (EST)
Climate Action Summit Opening
Live webcast available here

Tuesday, 24 September | 09:00 - 10:15 (EST)
Opening of the General Debate
Live webcast available here

Tuesday, 24 September | 15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
SDG Summit Opening
Live webcast available here

Tuesday, 24 September | 17:00 - 18:00 (EST)
Fixing the Business of Food Event

Tuesday, 24 September | 18:00 - 18:30 (EST)
Goalkeepers Global Goal Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 25 September | 10:00 - 11:00 (EST)
SDG Summit: Leaders Dialogue 2: "Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals: Critical entry points"
Live webcast available here

Wednesday, 25 September | 13:15 - 14:30 (EST)
Rome-based agencies side event "Countdown to 2030: Transforming our food systems to achieve the SDGs"
Save the Date | Programme | Concept Note
Live webcast available here

Wednesday, 25 September | 19:30 - 21:30 (EST)
FAO High-level Partnership Dinner

Thursday, 26 September | 08:00 - 10:00 (EST)
FAO High-level Partnership Breakfast

Friday, 27 September | 15:00 - 17:15 (EST)
SAMOA Pathway Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Round Table: "Priorities, solutions and the way forward"
Live webcast available here



Key documents

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.

Transforming the World through Food and Agriculture: FAO and the 2030 Agenda

Efforts to eradicate hunger are flatlining. Malnutrition is generating an obesity crisis. The 2030 Agenda is still within our grasp. But the consensus surrounding its adoption must be matched by political determination to deliver it....

Nature-Based Solutions for Agricultural Water Management and Food Security

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) offer a promising contribution to enhance availability and quality of water for productive purposes and human consumption, while simultaneously striving to preserve the integrity and intrinsic value of the ecosystems.

SDG Progress Digital Report 2019

Eradicating hunger and food insecurity, as well as ensuring sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, is a central pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a prerequisite for the achievement of the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. FAO plays an important role in measuring progress towards its achievement.