FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Regional Food Safety Conference for Asia and the Pacific

10/06/2020-12/06/2020 Bangkok, Thailand

“Regulate. Delegate. Participate.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is holding the FAO Regional Food Safety Conference for Asia and the Pacific 2020, Bangkok, Thailand.

Update – The Regional Food Safety Conference was originally planned to be held on 10-12 June 2020, however due to the rapidly changing global situations with COVID-19, the Conference is likely to be postponed to later dates. As soon as the dates have been determined, another update will be introduced on this page.

Bangkok – Across Asia and the Pacific, news on food safety issues frequently hits the headlines. Reports of food contamination and foodborne diseases regularly cause alarm among the public and impact local businesses. This has wider negative economic consequences as trade and tourism are adversely affected. It is now well-recognized that food security, food safety and nutrition go hand-in-hand and achieving Zero Hunger or Sustainable Development Goals 2 (SDG2) is not only about providing adequate quantity of food for everyone but is also about ensuring safe and nutritious diets for all. As a concrete follow-up to two high-level global food safety conferences held in 2019 in Addis Ababa and Geneva, the region aims to pave a pathway to integrate food safety in the SDG2 agenda and to tailor approaches to fit unique regional contexts.

The FAO Regional Food Safety Conference aims to hold in-depth discussions on food control systems in the region, on existing and emerging food safety issues, analyze the impact of drivers of change such as technology and climate, to explore mechanisms for all sectors in food and agriculture to collaborate, to evaluate further the importance of the subject in the context of SDG2, and to promote creation of a Food Safety Culture with a slogan “Regulate. Delegate. Participate”.

Food safety experts in the government / public sector, food industries and relevant businesses in private sector, academia in universities and research institutes, consumer groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national, regional and international partners including United Nations families are cordially invited to participate in the conference. The registration link will appear on this page in March / April 2020 so stay tuned.

The Regional Food Safety Conference targets FAO member countries in Asia and the Pacific region. The Conference will consist of various interactive sessions including a high-level session, technical plenary and concurrent sessions on key food safety issues in the region, a student session for next generation food safety practitioners and networking opportunities with policymakers, regulators, scientists, consumer associations, technical organizations, NGOs, food industry associations, media professionals, academia and students.

For further information, contact:
Sridhar Dharmapuri, Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer
Masami Takeuchi, Food Safety Officer,
Masami.Takeuchi@fao.org Skype: masami_takeuchi