The world is facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the immediate global priority is to tackle this public health emergency, our long-term response must address the disruption of nature’s balance, loss of biodiversity and degradation of natural resources and ecosystems.
The panelists discussed global efforts to transform agriculture and food systems in view of protecting biodiversity, addressing climate change and using natural resources more sustainably and how biodiversity actions can be further mainstreamed in international policy, the key elements of UN-EU global collaboration on biodiversity and the role of other partners and sectors.
- Rodrigo de Lapuerta – Director, Liaison Office with the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium, FAO
- Maria-Helena Semedo – Deputy Director-General, FAO
- Joyce Msuya Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
- Carla Montesi, Director/Planet and Prosperity, EU Devco
- Daniel Calleja Crespo – Director-General, EU Commission Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV)
- Norbert Lins – Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Member of European the Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition, European Parliament
Carla Montesi is currently Director at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation. She has been responsible for the Directorate “Planet and Prosperity” since September 2018. Before that (2014-2018) she was Director for Western and Central Africa.
Panel discussion :
- Mette Wilkie – Director, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, FAO
- Maxwell Gomera – Head, Biodiversity and Land Branch, UNEP
- Eduardo Mansur – Director, Land and Water Division, FAO
- Manuel Barange – Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, FAO