4 September 2020 - FAO is hosting “Green cities to build back better for SDGs - A new powerful venture”, to be held on the occasion of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The virtual event will launch the “FAO Green Cities Action Programme”, a new initiative focusing on small, intermediate, and metropolitan cities that aims to improve people’s wellbeing through increased availability of and access to products and services provided by green spaces, including urban and peri-urban forestry, agriculture and by sustainable food systems.

The High-Level Event will kick-off a dialogue with key actors at the national and international level and will be an opportunity to call on cities, donors, and partners to join the initiative. 

Date and Time: Friday, 18 September 2020 | 12.00–14.00 (GMT-4) / 18.00–20.00 (GMT+2)​

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Keynote address: 

  • Mr QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO - "FAO’s vision for Green Cities and innovation" 
  • Mr Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (to be confirmed)

Opening remarks:

  • Ms Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  • Mr Jürgen Rigterink, Acting President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Mr Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility
  • Mr Rémy RiouxChief Executive Officer, Agence Française de Développement

Testimonials from Cities:

  • Mr Manuel de Araujo, Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique
  • Ms Souad Abderrahim, Mayor of Tunis, Tunisia
  • Mr Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China
  • Mr Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, Italy
  • Mr Daniel Quintero, Mayor of Medellin, Colombia
  • Mr Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, United States of America
  • Mr Lucsonne Janvier, Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The event will be moderated by Ms Lana Wong, award-winning communicator (Moderate the Panel), and broadcast live with simultaneous interpretation in Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

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    Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 12:00 to 16:00
    GMT - 4 hours
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