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Greening the Meeting

Meetings and other events are standard business practice within the United Nations. At the same time, however, they can leave a significant environmental footprint – through air travel, consuming energy and water, generating waste, etc.

In order to reduce the ecological footprint of this conference, the Secretariat of the Committee on Agriculture in collaboration with the FAO Infrastructure and Facilities Management unit has incorporated sustainability into the event planning.

If you are attending the conference, kindly be reminded that:

  1. Water fountains are available throughout FAO Headquarters with normal, cold or sparkling options. You may want to bring a refillable water bottle in order to reduce the production of plastic waste as much as possible;
  2. Sustainable (i.e. organic, seasonal, local, rich in ancient grains, vegetables and fish/poultry) menus can be offered during coffee breaks and cocktails. More information can be obtained at catering@fao.org;
  3. If and when choosing your accommodation, you may want to select a green hotel. The hotels part of the Rome-based Agencies Preferred Hotel Programme (PHP) have been evaluated and those with an eco-friendly performance have been flagged with a green leaf in the Directory.