Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

OPENING REMARKS

by

Hiroyuki Konuma
Assistant Director-General and
FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

delivered at the

First Regional Steering Committee on
the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Bangkok Thailand
10 July 2013

 

Talking Points

  • This marks the first meeting of the Regional Steering Committee for the IPC or the Integrated Phase Classification initiative, in Asia.
  • The IPC has been successfully introduced across Asia since March 2012. This has been due to the collaborative efforts of all our organizations and national governments.
  • Building on the ground work of the Food Insecurity Vulnerability Information Mapping System (FIVIMS) spanning over 10 years, the recently concluded Echo-funded IPC Asia Project has piloted the IPC in six countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
  • Today across 6 countries the IPC has established itself in a short time due to the willingness of partners such as yourself and  governments all working together. This Technical Working Group at country level is a unique feature of the IPC and provides decision makers with a higher degree of confidence.
  • It is important that we together, build on this platform in the near future to ensure that the gains such as strong capacity, government buy-in, active technical working groups, joint analysis etc are not lost.
  • Moreover, it is crucial that we all continue to work together to build on these gains and more importantly ensure that the IPC evolves into a tool that is (1) institutionalized within national frameworks and (2) and is instrumental in aiding policy formulation.
  • I thus welcome today’s inaugural RSC meeting. It is my hope that this group offers a strong platform to support the IPC Unit and offer it valuable advice and input so that all our common goals can be realized.