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10 March 2022, FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific – The Pacific will be represented at FAO’s Asia-Pacific Symposium on Transforming Agro-Food Systems, with high-level delegations from the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa and Solomon Islands is. The Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu are participating from this region.

The Asia-Pacific Symposium on Agrifood Systems Transformation will be one of the largest FAO events in the Asia-Pacific region in 2022 and the first in the world following the United Nations Food Systems Summit in 2021.

A year after UNFSS, the Asia-Pacific region is significantly off track, expected to achieve the SDGs by 2065, 35 years behind schedule. Unsafe or unsustainable food systems are often part of the problem.

Some Pacific nations are even lagging behind in reaching their SDG goals. The lack of severe and paralyzing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, chronic diet-related illnesses, remoteness, and vulnerability to natural disasters from climate change is what Pacific nations face as they seek to transform their food systems. It’s just part of the task that must be done. An agenda within the framework of the UN Secretary-General’s leadership to improve global food security.

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has launched a three-day (2022 A special symposium will be held on October 5-7 to accelerate progress in leaving no one behind across the Asia-Pacific region.

When: October 5-7, 2022

Location: Millennium Hilton Bangkok – Hybrid – Region wide with participation from other regions

WHO: Government Ministers for Asia and the Pacific. Qu Dongyu, FAO Director General; Jong-Jin Kim, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative, FAO Chief His Economist Maximo Torero, Private Sector and Civil Society.

How to register: If Pacific Media is not in Bangkok, you can register for virtual attendance. here.

Joining the Pacific Islands

The Pacific delegation will participate in a variety of plenary sessions and side events to raise the voices of Pacific nations and their peoples and put challenges and solutions at the center of discussion and event outcomes.

The symposium on October 6, 8:00-9:30 (Bangkok time) or 14:00-15:30 (Samoa time) will also feature a dedicated plenary session: Spotlighting the Pacific context of the agrifood system. It would be held. The plenary will focus on the unfolding impact of the 5F (Food, Feed, Fuel, Fertilizer and Financial) crisis on the agri-food system of the Pacific region, in the context of historical challenges, and how Pacific nations will align with its implementation. exchange experiences working with National food system pathways.

Pacific speakers and panelists include: Lord Foe Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Kingdom of Tonga (MAFF); Hon Augustine Maeue Auga, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Solomon Islands (tbc); Lauri Leuatea Polataibao Fosi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Planning and Policy Assistant for Samoa. H.E. Elina P. Akinaga, Federated States of Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Director of FSM. Michael Tapaholiesi Hoóta, Undersecretary for Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Solomon Islands. Marissa Delim Cook, Director of Agriculture, Nauru National Convenor. Antoine Ravo, Director of Vanuatu Agriculture and Rural Development. Anuradha Gupta, Land Use Planning Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, Palau.

The symposium included representatives from several Pacific-based UN agencies (Simona Marinescu, Resident Coordinator of the UN Multilateral Office in Samoa and Xiangjun Yao, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Pacific Islands) and other development partners. will also participate. Such as his Alisi Tuqa, Food Systems Program Lead for Pacific Community (SPC).

Bring food and agriculture back to the center of the global development agenda.

The United Nations Food System Summit in September 2021 has set the stage for a global food system transformation that leaves no one behind, achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To further develop this effort, The Nutrition for Growth Summit, to be held in December 2021, will address financial resource constraints and malnutrition rates that continue to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. , saw new policy and financial commitments from countries to end malnutrition.

The Asia-Pacific Symposium on Agro-Food Systems Transformation will build on the tremendous buy-in generated by both Summits to accelerate the implementation of needed actions, solutions, innovations, technologies and funding in the region. . Countries will benefit from a common space to share lessons learned and innovative policies to inform national pathways to strengthen cooperation with the United Nations Food Systems Coordination Hub established in January 2022. you will get

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is actively working towards achieving food security and nutrition, working with governments, UN agencies and other partners at the national, regional and international levels to improve the agro-food system. We are helping to make the necessary changes in Along with her other SIDS, Pacific nations have played an important role in technical cooperation by the organization.

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