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Upcoming events

11 October 2019: International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

11 October 2019: International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

From 10:30 to 11:45 - Palais des Nations, Room IX, Geneva

A panel discussion on Nature-based solutions for building resilience, including sustainable agriculture and food systems

Agriculture is highly sensitive to climate variability and extremes. FAO estimated that about 26% of economic damage and loss caused by climate-induced disasters in developing countries is absorbed by agriculture. Relative to other sectors, drought affects agriculture disproportionately, taking up to 80% of all damage and loss, in particular in crop and livestock production.  On the other hand, agriculture and food systems  also contribute to climate change and responsible for 25-30% of global total greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, the urgency and the pressing need to accelerate and scale up a global transition to and transformative change for sustainable food and agriculture systems, advocating an integrated approach including nature-based solutions to ensure sustainability in crop production, livestock, forestry, fisheries, and aquaculture and in the management and restoration of ecosystem and natural resource base. Emphasis must also be placed to further promote investment in climate and disaster resilience within and across sectors from public and private sector.

Against this background, FAO Geneva in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Permanent Missions of Fiji, Jamaica and Japan will organize an event titled “Nature-based solutions for building resilience, including sustainable agriculture and food systems” to mark the 2019 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The event aims to:

  • raise awareness of stakeholders on nature-based solutions (NbS) as a mean to build resilience for nature and society;
  • share best practices and challenges on the implementation of NbS interventions from the ground; and
  • provide a quick overview of progress and effort made in disaster and climate risk reduction from the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special emphasis on the role of nature-based solutions in building resilience including sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Programme:

10h30 to 11h20:

Opening remarks by Moderator, Ms. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Director of FAO Geneva

Mr. Ricardo Mena, Chief of Branch, Supporting and Monitoring Sendai Framework Implementation, UNDRR

   Status/progress of the Sendai Implementation and the linkages with other global processes

H.E. Mr. Junichi Ihara, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

   Ecological restoration/ecosystem based DRR: lessons learnt from wetland and rice paddy field management

H.E. Ms. Cheryl Spencer, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

   Jamaica’s experience on disaster risk reduction initiatives

Mr. Anare Leweniqila, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

   Stocktaking: where are we?  From COP 23 to the UN Climate Summit and the Samoa Pathway Mid Term Review - the importance of food security for small islands developing states in a changing world

Dr. Sandeep Sengupta, Global Coordinator, IUCN Climate Change Portfolio

   Nature-based solutions for climate change and DRR

11h20: Interactive session

11h45: Concluding remarks followed by refreshments

 

The meeting documents can be accessed here. Please register at https://reg.unog.ch/event/31655/. Registration for this event is encouraged for all and mandatory for those not holding an access badge to the Palais des Nations.

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22 October 2019: FAO-WCC-WFP discussion for World Food Day 2019

22 October 2019: FAO-WCC-WFP discussion for World Food Day 2019

World Food Day 2019

From 15:00 to 16:30 - Visser' t Hooft Hall at the Ecumenical Centre, Route des Morillons 1,Geneva

An Interactive Panel discussion on the World Food Day 2019 theme: "Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World"

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Food Programme (WFP) with the support of the Permanent Mission of Jamaica, the World Health Organization (WHO) and FIAN International

are pleased to invite you to an Interactive Panel discussion on the theme World Food Day 2019 "Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World". In the context of growing hunger and soaring obesity rates worldwide, the panel discussion will bring together experts to discuss how we make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone, in order to achieve SDG 2 of ending hunger and malnutrition. The panelists will discuss these issues from various perspectives, including what policy and lifestyle changes are necessary to ensure a healthy society, and ultimately to achieve SDG 2.