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Upcoming events

23 July 2019: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019

23 July 2019: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019

From 14:00 to 15:30, Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Member State Briefing

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 (SOFI 2019) is presented by FAO with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will be launched this year during a special event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York.

SOFI 2019 is an important measure of global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger. It gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity. The report also offers analysis of the drivers of hunger and malnutrition, and this year includes a special focus on the impact of economic slowdowns and downturns.

The Geneva 23 July briefing will feature a presentation by Ms Cindy Holleman, Senior Economist at FAO and Coordinator of the 2019 report, followed by a short address from each partner agency and a question and answer session.

7 October 2019: World Cotton Day

7 October 2019: World Cotton Day

All day event - World Trade Organization, Geneva

A global celebration of cotton and its stakeholders, from field to fabric and beyond.

At the initiative of the Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali), the WTO will host the launch of World Cotton Day on 7 October 2019. The WTO Secretariat is organizing the event in collaboration with the Secretariats of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). This event stems from the Cotton-4's official application for the recognition of a World Cotton Day by the United Nations General Assembly, reflecting the importance of cotton as a global commodity.


  • Give exposure and recognition to cotton and all its stakeholders in production, transformation and trade.

  • Engage donors and beneficiaries and strengthen development assistance for cotton.

  • Seek new collaborations with the private sector and investors for the cotton-related industries and production in developing countries.

  • Promote technological advances, as well as further research and development on cotton.