The International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

A carbon neutral Symposium


Meetings and other events are standard business practice within the United Nations. However, they can leave a significant environmental footprint – through air travel, consuming energy and water, generating waste, etc.

In order to reduce the ecological footprint of the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers, the Secretariat of the Symposium in collaboration with the FAO Infrastructure and Facilities Management unit has incorporated sustainability into the event planning to make it carbon neutral.

Carbon Offsetting

FAO Infrastructure and Facilities Management will calculate the carbon footprint of the Symposium and then coordinate the purchase of the Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) through the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now platform.


In line with the UN PaperSmart initiative, the Symposium will use an on-demand printing service. Only limited copies in English, French and Spanish of the Programme will be available at the document desk as well. The Innovation Fair of the Symposium will be paper-free.

If you are attending the conference, kindly be reminded that:

  1. Water fountains are available throughout FAO Headquarters with normal, cold or sparkling options. You may want to bring a refillable water bottle in order to reduce the production of plastic waste as much as possible;
  2. Sustainable menus (i.e. organic, seasonal, local, rich in ancient grains, vegetables and fish/poultry) can be offered during lunch breaks. More information can be obtained at [email protected];
  3. If and when choosing your accommodation, you may want to select a green hotel. The hotels part of the Rome-based Agencies Preferred Hotel Programme (PHP) have been evaluated and those with an eco-friendly performance have been flagged with a green leaf in the Directory.