Land & Water

High Level Launch of the SOLAW 2021 Main Report at UNCCD COP15! Join the virtual event today at 20:00 CEST!

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"The state of the world’s land and water resources for food and agriculture: Systems at breaking point (SOLAW 2021)" Main Report is a comprehensive resource that highlights the worsening state of the earth’s soil, land and water resources – the roots of the global food systems – and the challenges posed in feeding a global population expected to hit ten billion by 2050. It provides key information for decision-makers, raising awareness and leadership on the sustainable use of land, soil and water resources to meet global challenges with forward-looking post-pandemic new ways of thinking, to start transformation towards more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems.

The event will present the main findings and recommendations of SOLAW 2021 and will discuss the need and value of an integrated approach to the management of the land, soil and water resources to achieve food security.

The event will be held in English and French.

We welcome you to join the event in person in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, or to connect virtually HERE.

Meeting ID: 854 2790 6954 and Password: 901270 (You can find more detailed information on how to connect virtually here below).


Draft agenda, Wednesday 11 May 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 GMT (20:00-22:00 CEST)

Master of Ceremony, Vera Boerger, Senior Land and Water Officer, FAO

18:00-18:40 (GMT)

High Level Opening Ceremony

Welcoming address, Ms. Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO

Opening address:

  • Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Director, UNCCD
  • H.E. Mr. Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Côte d’Ivoire 
  • H.E. Mr. Jean Luc Assi, Minister of Environment, Côte d’Ivoire 
  • Mr. William D. Dar, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Philippines (tbc)
  • Mr. Nurettin Tas, General Director of Combat Desertification, Ministry of Urbanization, Environment and Climate Change, Turkey
  • Ms. Erin Tomkinson, Counsellor, Agriculture, water and Environment, Department of Agriculture, Australia


18:40-18:45 (GMT)

Video on the state of the world's land and water resources for food and agriculture


18:45-19:00 (GMT)

Presentation of SOLAW 2021: main findings and recommendations

Mr. Lifeng Li, Director, Land and Water Division, FAO


19:00-19:55 (GMT)

Panel discussion on the need and value of an integrated approach for land, soil and water management for food security

Moderator, Feras Ziadat, Technical Officer, Land and Water Division, FAO

  • Ms. Attia Rafla, General Engineer, Director of Soil Resources, Water Resources and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia
  • Mr. Dismas Bakundukize, Director of Forestry programs, Rwanda Forestry Authority and National Focal Point, UNCCD, Rwanda
  • Mr. Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and Global Director of Partnerships and Advocacy at CGIAR
  • Mr. Ulrich Apel, Senior Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility 
  • Mr. Herrick Jeff, Research Soil Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service 
  • Ms. Nicole Harari, Research Scientist, World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies


19:55-20:00 (GMT)

Closing remarks

Vera Boerger, FAO


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