On September 15, within the framework of Expo Prado 2021, the EU Delegation organized the conference "The agricultural-livestock sector in the fight against climate change", with the support of the Italian Embassy and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, with the purpose of helping to raise awareness about the impact of agricultural and livestock activity on the environment and how it can be adapted to help in the fight against climate change.
The conference was held in a mixed face-to-face / virtual mode, with speakers in both Montevideo and Brussels. Given that the room was at restricted capacity in order to follow the recommendations of Uruguayan health authorities due to the pandemic, the conference was broadcast live via streaming on the Delegation's YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/aq0tXCaJGs4.
The attending public consisted of Uruguayan authorities linked to agriculture, the diplomatic corps and representatives of the media. The Conference was moderated by Nicolás Lussich, a renowned journalist with a long career in the Uruguayan printed press, radio and television.
EU Ambassador to Uruguay Paolo Berizzi was in charge of opening and presenting the conference.
The first speaker was Fernando Mattos, Minister for Livestock, Agriculture & Fisheries, who spoke about Uruguayan policies in relation to agriculture and the environment.
Next, European Commission expert Cristina Laso Sanz, who connected remotely, explained the EU's 'Farm to Fork' policy in detail.
Italian Ambassador to Uruguay Giovanni Battista Iannuzzi spoke about his country's perspective on agriculture and environmental protection.
Daniel Rama, Director of the Uruguayan food company Ponyn, spoke of his company's practices in relation to the subject of environmental protection.
María Eugenia Carriquiry, Coordinator of the Resilient Family Livestock project (funded by the EU), whose objective is precisely the conference's central theme, explained the aims and operation of the project.