Launch of the Africa Regional Synthesis for the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

22/05/2019


Accra, Ghana

The United Nations has proclaimed 22 May The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

This year, the celebrations for the International Day for Biological Diversity focus on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health. The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. It also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to other Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.

In light of the International Day for Biological Diversity, the FAO Regional Office for Africa as well as the Ghana Institute of Journalism have organized an event to: 

  1. Launch and showcase the publication Africa Regional Synthesis for the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
  2. Raise awareness on the topic of biodiversity in relation to FAO mandates to students who are the future communicators
  3. Encourage youth’s engagement through student debate and colour games.
  4. Attract the media to increase visibility and support of FAO for biodiversity, food and agriculture, youth engagement and zero hunger
  5. Maximize outreach of FAO’s efforts on safeguarding biodiversity in liaison with food and health to potential donors and the general public