FAO in Geneva

Animal Health and Livestock

FAO Geneva works with partners to strengthen interagency collaboration, to make the world “capable of preventing, detecting, containing, eliminating, and responding to animal and public health risks attributable to zoonoses,” by promoting and advocating for the development of health systems’ capacities using a One Health approach - an example is Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which is a global threat for public health, livestock production,  food security and economic development.

Under the framework of Agenda 2030, we work with health and development partners including sister UN Agencies (WHO,WTO, UNEP), non-UN partners (ICRC and South Center) and academia, to demonstrate the benefits of One Health in resilience, sustainable livestock development, livestock trade and compliance with international standards under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement of WTO.

FAO Geneva represents FAO in the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) hosted by WTO, on issues related to animal health capacities, livestock markets and trade facilitation.  We also  support country based delegations in Geneva on specific technical requests  related to the development of the livestock sector and animal health strategies. Disseminating policy and technical work in this area, including through organization of events on specific flagship publications such as the World Livestock Report also forms part of FAO Geneva’s outreach efforts.

FAO has consolidated its disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and natural resources management (NRM) work under the Strategic Programmes on Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management. Through these, the Organization provides support to countries in the planning, implementation and monitoring of DRR/CCA measures across the agricultural-related sectors in line with the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To support FAO Headquarters’ work on DRR/Resilience and CCA, FAO Geneva has been the spearhead in leading two Geneva-based global partnerships at technical level, i.e., the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (the CADRI Partnership) and the Global Preparedness Partnership (GPP).   In addition, FAO Geneva not only serves as FAO front-line representation but also builds partnerships with Geneva/Switzerland-based organizations, Member States, and academic institutions through technical working groups and joint events on NRM, DRR, CCA and resilience. Through these platforms, FAO’s technical input/contributions and technical work are well-promoted and reflected in the discussions.

FAO Geneva also has specific targeted activities with youth and children. For example,  since 2016 the office organizes an annual flagship tertiary student debate featuring technical panel discussion on DRR/CCA and Resilience, climate-smart agriculture, food security and climate change,  reducing food loss and waste. Other activities include essay and drawing contests with elementary school students and technical briefings with university students.

FAO Geneva ensures the Organization’s presence in various humanitarian processes and forums taking place in this humanitarian hub. It represents FAO in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), which is the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance. FAO Geneva is for example fully involved in key processes stemming out of the 2015 World Humanitarian Summit, such as the Grand Bargain, Humanitarian-Development Nexus and the Humanitarian Financing Task Teams, and ensures the liaison on these issues with relevant colleagues at headquarters. 

The FAO Geneva Office also participates in various Member States briefing on ongoing humanitarian crises during which it conveys the voice of the Organization through statements on its behalf. It also liaises and develops partnerships with humanitarian agencies and organizations that are based in Geneva (UNHCR, the ICRC, ICVA, OCHA, WHO…) or through their liaison office (WFP, UNICEF…). Finally, FAO Geneva ensures regular contacts with humanitarian donors based in Geneva and briefs Member States on key FAO publications, programmes and initiatives on humanitarian response and resilience strengthening.

Social Development

FAO Geneva represents the Organization in the several international processes and meetings taking place in Geneva in the social and development arenas and that are relevant to FAO’s work. These include  health, nutrition, migration, labor, human rights, indigenous peoples, peasants, gender, among others,  bringing to these discussions the positions, knowledge products and expertise of the Organization. For example, FAO Geneva participated  in the process leading to the adoption of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and the recently created UN Network on Migration, advocating for investment in food security and rural development as  part of the solution to addressing the drivers of migration. Technical support, including the provision of data, was provided to the Chair of the Working Group on the Declaration of Peasants and other people living in rural areas.  In addition to ensuring FAO’s presence in these processes and meetings, FAO Geneva partners with different UN agencies and Permanent Missions represented in Geneva,  as well as non-UN institutions such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Scaling-Up Nutrition Movement (SUN Movement) and the South Center, on issues of common interest.

Utilizing FAO’s  studies, data and statistics, FAO Geneva supports Member Countries’ delegations in Geneva in their effective engagement in the formulation of trade agreements that are conducive to improved food security, by strengthening evidence on the implications of changes in trade policies, providing capacity development in the use of this evidence, and facilitating neutral dialogue. In addition to Member Countries, FAO Geneva also engages with relevant international organizations, civil society and academia, to further FAO’s work on trade and food systems. This includes the provision of knowledge products, technical assistance and technical dialogues such as the FAO Geneva Agriculture Trade Talks (FTT).  Organization of  joint events with partners on areas such as international trade in agriculture, food loss and waste, standards and food-safety, also forms part of FAO Geneva’s portfolio.  Upon requests, the  provision of information on specific technical issues at the bilateral level is  facilitated. 

The Office also represents FAO in the various inter-agency mechanisms such as the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards and the UN Interagency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity, and participates in relevant meetings of the Geneva-based UN agencies and other development partners such as the WTO, UNCTAD, ITC, UNECE, WIPO and WHO-FCTC.