16 May 201819:02

Press release on opening the 31st session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe


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On May 16, the 31st session of the UN FAO Regional Conference for Europe, the organisation’s highest governing body for the countries of Europe and Central Asia, opened in Voronezh.

Russia has never hosted such a massive FAO event before. The Regional Conference involves over 300 delegates from 45 FAO member states (including 15 delegates at ministerial level), representatives from specialised international organisations, NGOs, and business and academic communities. Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Central Federal District Alexey Gordeyev has been elected the conference’s chairperson.

Russia is represented by an inter-departmental delegation, including officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Finance, the Federal Supervision Service for Consumer Protection and Welfare, the Federal Agency for Fishery, the Federal Agency for Forestry and the government of the Voronezh Region. The Eurasian Economic Commission is also involved in the session’s work.

Participants at the event are concentrating on topical matters concerning the agricultural sector’s development, including sustained agricultural and food systems in the context of climate change, the use of innovative agricultural technology, FAO priorities for Europe and Central Asia. They are also discussing recommendations of FAO’s specialised departmental bodies in Europe.

Mr Gordeyev had a conversation with FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva on the sidelines of the conference. Their talk focused on strengthening Russia’s practical cooperation with FAO, including in the context of providing technical assistance to the concerned regional countries in the area of sustained agricultural development.

The plenary session is augmented by a series of thematic meetings, including efforts to prevent food losses and spoilage, to maintain food security, to develop organic farming as well as to offset desertification processes in Central Asia.

The conference will come to a close on May 18.

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