Media Advisory | FAO at UN Climate Conference COP25 in Madrid

We only have 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and take decisive action on climate.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working full speed ahead to transform our food and agricultural systems for people and the planet. These systems need to provide food and nutrition security for all, while protecting our environment and mitigating climate change.

Agriculture emits around one quarter of greenhouse gases. It also holds a third of the solutions to global climate goals. By transforming our agriculture and food systems, we can feed the world and take care of the planet too.

FAO will discuss these issues during a series of COP25 events including:

WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER 2019

International Mountain Day
08:30-10:00, Chile Pavilion

The Mountain Partnership has a key role to play as the only UN organization dedicated to Sustainable Mountain Development. This year's event will highlight the partnership's work in Latin America under the 2030 Agenda for Mountains.

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu will participate in this event.

10th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum
10:00-11:00 Novotel Hotel Madrid, Campo de las Naciones

The Sustainable Innovation Forum is an event that for the past 10 years has united the public and private sector to accelerate climate action This year's theme is "Accelerating Solutions for Climate Action". The FAO Director General Qu Dongyu will deliver a speech at the event.

High-level forum on South-South Cooperation to cope with climate change
14:00-14:50, China Pavilion

This Forum aims to sustain and mobilize enhanced support for the South-South Cooperation, to build the confidence and increase ambition needed for further advancing implementation of the Paris Agreement. FAO Director General Qu Dongyu will deliver a speech at the event.

Accelerating action on Nature-Based Solutions Together in 2020
16:30-17:30, San Pedro de Atacama Room, Hall 4

This event will provide the opportunity to take stock of the Nature-Based Solutions outcomes of the Climate Action Summit ahead of the 2020 "nature super year." The FAO Director General Qu Dongyu will participate from the podium along with UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner and UNEP Executive Director, Inger Andersen.

High-Level Event on SDG 12 - Enhancing Climate Solutions through Sustainable Food Systems
18:30-20:00, UN System Pavilion, Room 3

This event will focus on the importance to have holistic diagnostic approaches, long-term visions and solutions on how to spin the transformative wheel of sustainable food systems for people and the planet. FAO Director General Qu Dongyu will speak at the event.

FAO-Green Climate Fund (GCF) Partnership Event
20:00-21:00 , GCF-GEF Pavilion, Hall 8

FAO Director General Qu Dongyu, the Minister of Environment of Chile and and Green Climate Fund Executive Director Yannick Glemarec celebrate the recent approval of three projects in Chile, Kyrgyz Republic and Nepal.

THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER 2019

UN System Leadership Dialogue on Forests
11:00-12:15, Room 25

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu together with the heads of UNDP, UNEP,  UNCBD, UNCCD and UNFCCC will participate in this event which will focus on deforestation and  UN efforts to address this problem.

High Level Event on SDG 2 - Zero Hunger: Linking the Science and Climate Change Actions for a World Free of Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty
11:30-13:00, UN System Pavilion, Room 2

This event will provide examples on adaptation, resilience and risk-reduction responses and actions that can be undertaken to address climate change for a world free of hunger, malnutrition and poverty. FAO Director General QU Dongyu will deliver a speech at the event.

High Level Side Event - Strengthening synergies, accelerating progress
13:15-14:45 Hall 4, Room 1

The event will focus on key immediate action areas to promote coordinated implementation of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, as well as synergies in implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu will participate in a panel discussion.

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From 2-13 December 2019, the Government of Spain is hosting the 25th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP25), under the Presidency of the Government of Chile, in Madrid. See below the events in which FAO is participating.

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