FAO Panel Discussion and Student Debate

Meeting or Conference
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations - Headquarters (FAO)
13 Oct 2017
Switzerland (Geneva)
Palais des Nations, Room XXVII, Building E

A panel discussion and student debate on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Agriculture Sectors is held 14:00 - 17:00. 


  • Ms Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Director, FAO Liaison Office in Geneva (for Panel Discussion)

  • Ms Wirya Khim, Natural Resources Officer, FAO Liaison Office in Geneva (for Student Debate)


  • Ms Shoko Arakaki, Chief, Regional Programme Coordination and National Implementation Support, UNISDR

  • Ms Sylvie Wabbes, Emergency and Resilience Officer, FAO Headquarters

  • Ms Sophie Baranes, Coordinator, Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI)

  • Mr Sandeep Sengupta, Global Coordinator of IUCN’s Climate Change Portfolio


  • 14:00 - 14:45 Opening Session

  • 14.45 – 15.00 Setting the scene: Background, structure of the debate, and introductions
    • Wirya Khim, Natural Resources Officer, FAO Geneva

  • 15.00 – 15.30 Debating the proposition: That there will be no sustainable food security without tackling climate and disaster risks together!
    • Bern University of Applied Science Vs The Graduate Institute 

  • 15.30 – 16:00 Debating the proposition: That Climate Resilience [i.e., integrating DRR, and CCA and the 3 dimensions (social, economic and environmental) of sustainable development] is key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!
    • University of Geneva Vs École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - TBC

  • 16.00 – 16.20 Coffee Break

  • 16.20 – 16.50 Result announcement and judges’ feedbacks and Q&A

  • 16.50 – 17.00 Award presentation and photo session

  • 17.00 – 17.05 Closing Remarks by FAO


For further information, please contact [email protected]

For registration (until 10 October 2017) please write to [email protected]


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