UAE participates in FAO Regional Conference for the Near East

DUBAI, 9th May, 2018 (WAM) — Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, is leading the state’s delegation to the 34th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, Regional Conference for the Near East, NERC34, in the Italian capital, Rome, between 7th and 11th May.

The UAE delegation included a number of officials from the Ministry of Climate Change and other government authorities in the UAE.

The conference agenda includes discussions on the regional difficulties and challenges, as well as priority topics pertaining to food and agriculture and the importance of achieving food security, diversification and agricultural sustainability.


Dr. Al Zeyoudi said, “The government plan, UAE Centennial 2071, aims to secure a happy and prosperous future for the coming generations. To that end, sustainability across all sectors must be achieved. That is why government entities in the UAE are working relentlessly to achieve sustainability in line with the framework set by the UAE Vision 2021.”

He also emphasised that agriculture and the food sector are at the top of the list of sectors to be made sustainable, as they are the main drivers of overall community development. He added that the UAE, represented by competent government entities, at the forefront of which is the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, is keen to participate in major international events to exchange expertise, discuss challenges and find ways to turn these challenges into opportunities.”

The conference agenda also includes main sessions to review key topics, namely ecological farming, climate change adaptation mechanisms in semi-arid areas for a sustainable agricultural development, agricultural transformation in the Near East and North Africa region, youth employment and immigration, and the One Health initiative, which aims to more effectively detect and combat new pathogens through the Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases, EMPRES.

Side sessions are addressing the Challenges to Zero Hunger in Conflict/Crisis Areas in NENA Region, FAO Strategic Programme: Delivery through Three Regional Initiatives, and Fostering Agricultural Investment in the Near East and North Africa Region.

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