Director-General meets Republic of Congo’s Forestry Minister
13 May 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Henri Djombo, the Minister of Forest Economy, the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Republic of the Congo, after the opening session of the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, the first of its kind, held in Rome. Djombo is a keynote speaker featured this week.
The Director-General praised the Congo for showing leadership most recently by serving as the Chair of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa. The Congo has also been leading by example in the forestry sector, hosting the very important summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins in Brazzaville in 2011, with the aim of defining a plan for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems in the three basin areas.
Graziano da Silva encouraged the Congolese government to continue on this path, for example, by embracing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests, by sharing the guidelines and shaping them with Congolese communities in the context of their new forestry policy, which FAO is supporting through its Technical Cooperation Programme, and by promoting other countries to do the same.
The Minister and the Director-General shared the view that countries with significant forest resources and shared interests should ensure they meet often and agree on a unified approach so that in global fora, the group speaks with and is heard as one unified voice. FAO would continue to play its coordinating and support role in talks among member countries.