COP25 FAO-GASL Side Event

Speakers at the FAO-GASL Side Event, COP25, Madrid

Synergies in sustainable livestock and climate change, addressing co-benefits and partnerships

12 December 2019, 09:00 to 10:30 hours
SDG Synergies Pavillion, Blue Zone, COP25, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid

The multistakeholder partnership (MSP) approach of the Global Agenda for sustainable Livestock, GASL, contributes in a unique way to the important tasks countries face to implement effective solutions for climate change and sustainability issues in a broad sense.

This was confirmed in the side event organised by FAO and GASL. It illustrated well how climate action in the livestock sector generates multiple benefits through partnerships. Examples from Kenya, Uruguay, Costa Rica, the Chaco region, France, etc. showed an array of approaches and multistakeholder action leading to more sustainability in the livestock sector. The examples focused on climate impact of livestock and the potential to reduce the ecological footprint with science-based approaches be it in forage breeding, in animal breeding, in grassland management or in improved animal husbandry practices.

The event was a good example of the work of GASL and the value, multi-stakeholder action in the livestock sector can add to the effort to achieve the SDGs of the UN Agenda 2030. This was also acknowledged by a surprise visit of the United Nation's Secretary-General António Guterres.






Opening by moderator, setting the scene

Muhammad Ibrahim, CATIE


Introduction to GASL and the panel

Fritz Schneider, GASL Chair


Panelists offer a 5-minute summary of key climate actions of their organizations and how these generate multiple benefits (SDGs).

Emphasis on synergies, co-benefits and partnerships derived from participation in the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL).

Christine Zundel, FOAG, Switzerland (Donor)

Joseph Mureithi, Kenya (Public Sector)

Walter Oyhantcabal, MGAP, Uruguay (Public Sector)

Mauricio Chacon, MAG, Costa Rica (Public Sector)

Pablo Frere, Redes Chaco, Argentina (Civil Society)

Vincent Blanfort, CIRAD (Academia/Research)

Martial Bernoux, FAO (Intergovernmental)

Emmanuel Coste, CNE, (Private Sector)


Questions panelists and audience

Moderator, speakers, audience


Conclusions and next steps

Fritz Schneider, GASL Chair





Visit of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres