FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Conference, convened every two years, results in recommendations  that guide FAO’s work in the vast Asia-Pacific region, and provide further guidance to FAO’s global conference in Rome in June the following year. Government Ministers and delegates from more than 40 member countries across the Asia-Pacific region will participate in the APRC.

The 35th Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific is being held virtually from 1-4 September 2020, on a videoconferencing platform, on an exceptional basis, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health concerns. The move to a virtual format followed consultations with the FAO Director-General, the Regional Groups representing member nations, and with the concurrence of the Host Country, Bhutan.

Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC)

Regional Conferences are an official forum where Ministers of Agriculture and other high officials from all Member States in the region meet to debate challenges related to food and agriculture, thus promoting regional coherence.

Attendance is by Ministers of Agriculture or other high-level representatives of the Member Countries in FAO’s Asia and Pacific region. Relevant nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations may be invited to attend as Observers.

The Regional Conference is held once every two years, in years when the global FAO Conference does not meet in regular session.