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FAO supports Member Countries’ 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 away from the negotiating table. FAOLOG extends this support to the Member Countries’ delegations and engage with the relevant international organizations, civil society, academia and media, based in Geneva, to further FAO’s work on trade and food systems. The work includes knowledge products, information and dissemination events, technical assistance, technical dialogues including the FAO Geneva Agriculture Trade Talks and the FAO Geneva Fisheries Trade Talks.

FAOLOG works with the following Geneva-based partners, in addition to the Member Countries’ delegations:

·  World Trade Organization (WTO)

·  United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

·  United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

·  World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

·  International Trade Center (ITC)

·  United Nations Environment (UNEP)

·  World Health Organization (WHO)

·  WHO Frame Work Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

·  United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS)

·  International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

·  South Center (SC)

·  The Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development (HEI)

Following are the subject/issue areas that FAOLOG follows under the Trade and Food Systems cluster:

·  Negotiations on Agriculture in the WTO

·  Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies in the WTO

·  Councils and Committees in the WTO: General Council; Council on TRIPS; Committee on Agriculture; Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures; Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade; Committee on Trade and Development; Director General’s Consultative Framework on Cotton;

·  Intellectual Property issues related to Agriculture

·  Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Standards; including the Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST) on NTMs

·  Food Safety, Private and Voluntary Standards in Agriculture

·  United Nations Chief Executives Board Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity

·  Alternative Livelihood for Tobacco Farmers (Art 17-18, WHO-FCTC)


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.


FAO has consolidated its disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and natural resources management (NRM) works under the Strategic Programmes (SPs) on Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management. Through these SPs, 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.

To support FAO Headquarters’ work on DRR/Resilience and CCA, FAO Geneva has been the spearhead in leading two Geneva-based global partnerships, i.e., the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (the CADRI Partnership) and the Global Preparedness Partnership (GPP). In specific:

CADRI Partnership:

·  FAO Geneva serves as the co-chair of the Programme Assurance Group (PAG) of the CADRI Partnership and provides strategic advice and technical inputs to the CADRI Secretariat to implement CADRI annual workplan and development of the CADRI new programmatic phase.

·  The CADRI Partnership comprises of 16 UN and non-UN organizations* with a common goal of strengthening countries’ capacities to prevent, manage and recover from the impacts of disasters.

 ·  To date, CADRI has provided integrated supports to more than 28 countries globally.  The Partnership draws upon the diversity of expertise of its members to offer a unique combination of knowledge, experience and resources to support countries implement the Sendai Framework for DRR.


FAO Geneva provides all-round technical advice and support to its Headquarters and the GPP Secretariat on GPP related works. The GPP is a unique partnership made up of 48 Climate-vulnerable countries (V-20), four UN agencies (OCHA, FAO, UNDP and WFP) and the World Bank/GFDRR. The Partnership is dedicated to strengthening the anticipatory approaches to response and recovery for disasters caused by natural hazards.

As one of the GPP’s core partners, FAO brings in sectoral, shock and context specific dimensions of emergency preparedness for the agriculture sectors (including crop, livestock, fishery and aquaculture, forestry). Through FAO’s engagement, the GPP will promote and finance sectoral and hazard specific preparedness measures at national levels and where possible, local levels.

FAO Geneva not only serves as FAO front-line representation but also builds partnerships with Geneva/Switzerland-based organizations, Member States, and academic institutions.* These include:

1) Representing FAO (together with HQs) at the United Nations DRR Focal Points Group Meetings chaired by UNISDR;

2) Upon request, representing FAO at the Global Framework for Climate Services Meetings housed at WMO;

3) Upon request, representing FAO at the United Nations Climate Change:Learn (UNCC:Learn) meeting housed at UNITAR;

4) Hosting a flagship LOG event featuring tertiary student debate and technical panel discussion on DRR/CCA and Resilience, climate-smart agriculture, food security and climate change,  reducing food loss and waste, agriculture and the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) which is an important platform to showcase and promote FAO joint work with its partners and member states.


* Joint-events were held in collaboration with Permanent Missions of Nepal, the Maldives, Singapore, UNISDR, UNECE, UNDP, UN Environment, WFP, WTO, UNITAR, IUCN, WWF, Bern University of Applied Science, the Graduate Institute, University of Zurich, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.