Bangkok, Thailand, 24 Feb 2012 -- The 31st FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Melia Hanoi Hotel in Viet Nam from 12 to 16 March 2012. This major biennial event is convened by FAO to review and make recommendations on key food and agricultural issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region.
The conference brings together 44 Asia-Pacific FAO member nations and a wide range of observers such as representatives of United Nations organizations, donors and other development partners, inter-governmental and international non-governmental organizations, civil society and the business sector. All conference sessions are open to the media.
Participants include ministers for agriculture from the countries in the region, senior government officials and the FAO director-general.
During the first three days, from 12 to 14 March, senior government officers will hold in-depth discussions on a range of issues central to food security and rural poverty alleviation and focusing on regional and global policy and regulatory issues such as the State of Food and Agriculture in Asia-Pacific, initiatives by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and programme and budget matters.
The report of the senior officials will be reviewed and endorsed by ministers, between 15 and 16 March.
A Round table on Policies to address food price volatility will be held on Friday morning 16 March.
The adoption of the report of the conference is planned to start at 16:00 hours on Friday 16 March.
The conference will be conducted in Chinese, English, French and Russian with simultaneous interpretation provided. The provisional timetable and other documents are available on request and from the Internet site http://www.fao.org/bodies/rc2012/aprc31/en/
Media accreditation and registration
The government will issue media badges needed for admission to the conference venue. Only journalists and media representatives with proper badges can access the plenary meeting hall. Media badges are also needed for access to other facilities, such as lounges, catering installations and service areas (shops, bank, travel agency, etc.), with the exception of those areas exclusively reserved for delegations and the conference secretariat.
In order to facilitate media registration, journalists accredited in Viet Nam should send the attached media registration form including name, nationality, title, name of employer/news organization, and press accreditation card number soonest and preferably before 7 March to:
Government/MARD Conference Press Officer
Mrs Pham Thi Hong Hanh
Tel: 38437674 Mobil. 0913542296
Media badges have to be picked up in person by presenting a valid press accreditation card at the press registration desk in front of Grand Ballroom, starting from 14:00 hours on Sunday 11 March to the end of the conference.
Journalists not accredited in Viet Nam and interested to attend the regional conference are urged to contact the FAO Conference Information Officer as soon as possible and provide details of their employer and intended attendance at the conference.
FAO Conference Information Officer
Diderik de Vleeschauwer
Working space for registered journalists only is provided at the press room - Function Room 8.
The press room has computer working stations, a printer, and email/Internet facilities.
Journalists can follow the debates in the plenary room from designated rows of chairs for media and news organizations.