Virtual Event: Green Cities to Build Back Better for SDGs – A New Powerful Venture

When: 18 September 2020, 18.00-20.00 GMT+2 / 12.00-14.00 GMT-4

Where: Online

Apply by: Registration open


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 national and international level and will be an opportunity to call on cities, donors and partners to join the initiative. 

Keynote address: 

"FAO’s vision for Green Cities and innovation" – Mr QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO

Mr Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly tbc

Mr Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme  


Opening remarks:

 Ms Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

 Mr LI Yong, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization 

 Mr Jürgen Rigterink, Acting President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 Mr Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility

 Mr Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer, French Development Agency

 Mr Javier Manzanares, Deputy executive secretary of the Green Climate Fund 


Testimonials from cities:

 Mr Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou (People’s Republic of China) Video message 

 Mr Daniel Quintero, Mayor of Medellin (Colombia)

 Mr Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan (Italy) Video message

 Ms Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal (Canada) tbc

  Mr Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York (United States of America) tbc

 Mr Lucsonne Janvier, Mayor of Port-au-Prince (Haiti) tbc

 Mr Manuel de Araujo, Mayor of Quelimane (Mozambique)

 Mr Bruno Covas, Mayor of São Paulo (Brazil) tbc

 Ms Souad Abderrahim, Mayor of Tunis (Tunisia)


Call for action and supporting statements:

Ms Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO

Closing remarks:

Mr QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO


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.

To register for the event, please click here.