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FAO and UAE to explore creation of Food Security Fund for Near East region

FAO Director-General in Emirates for high-level talks

03 February 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – FAO and the Government of the United Arab Emirates are to explore FAO’s proposal to create a special fund to eradicate hunger in the Near East and North Africa. A similar fund was recently set up in Africa under FAO auspices.

Creation of the fund was discussed during an official one-day visit by  FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva to the Emirates, when he met with Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan. They agreed to pursue the matter further at a later date.

They also talked about the conflict in Syria and possible collaboration in support of FAO programmes in the country discussed during a pledging conference last week in Kuwait for the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP).

Other topics included UAE backing for the the operation of the Sheikh Zayed International Media and Knowledge Centre, a state-of-the-art facility built at FAO headquarters in Rome with a donation from the Emirates, which will soon start webcasting development and food security news.

The Director-General also met with the UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, and the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Director-General, Rashid Al Shereiqi.