Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good afternoon. We have now come to the end of the regional workshop for Asia on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.
The objective of the workshop has been to raise awareness of these Guidelines in the Asia region.
I trust that you will agree that this objective has been successfully accomplished. You have found answers to questions such as:
- What are the Guidelines?
- How can the Guidelines be used in the contexts and countries of Asia?
- What are the ways forward to applying the Guidelines?
- How can the Guidelines be linked to existing initiatives?
- How can networks be created to support the use of the Guidelines?
The answers to these questions have come through the rich and detailed discussions that you have had in working groups and in the plenary sessions.
The fact that this workshop has been successful is because of the considerable efforts you made during these past three days. You brought to the workshop your experiences and knowledge of improving governance of tenure, and you shared this experience and knowledge with others. And now you will be taking home with you the information that others shared with you on their experience and knowledge.
This workshop has been an important step following the adoption of the Guidelines by the Committee on World Food Security. But it is only an initial step. The work on supporting the application of the Guidelines is only just beginning.
FAO is strongly committed to assisting countries to use the Guidelines to improve governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forestry as this will support the realization of food security, promote development and protect and enhance the environment.
We at FAO look forward to continuing the partnerships that have been established at this workshop. We hope that you will be able to share the workshop’s discussions, thoughts and ideas with others in your office when you return home. We look forward to you giving us updates on any progress that you might make with regard to the use of the Guidelines. And please don’t hesitate to contact FAO if you have any questions on the Guidelines.
I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come to this workshop and for the contributions that you have made throughout the three days.
I would also like to thank the Swiss Development Corporation for its support for this workshop, and to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives for graciously hosting the workshop.
I wish you all safe travel back to your homes.
And now I have honour of declaring the closing of this successful workshop.