Press release on the start of the 40th Session of the FAO Conference

Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:18

On July 3, the 40th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) opened in Rome. The Conference is held on a biennial basis and is the highest governing body of the FAO.

More than 1,000 delegates from 171 countries, including 85 ministers and senior officials, arrived at the FAO headquarters. Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachyov leads Russia’s inter-agency delegation. A delegation of the Eurasian Economic Commission is attending the session as an observer.

The main theme of the current session is “Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.” The general debate will centre around seeking the best options for developing global agriculture, which is facing two challenges it must tackle simultaneously: to adapt to climate change and to contribute to mitigating its negative effects.

The FAO programme and the budget for 2018-2019 have been submitted for approval at the Conference. The documents specify the priorities and parameters of the Organisation’s funding. The agenda also includes a review of the FAO’s performance over the past two years, reports by industry-specific committees, etc.

On July 4, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov will have talks with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva.

The Session will close on July 8.

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