Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

30th Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC)

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, 27 September - 1 October 2010

The 30th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific was held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, from 27 September to 1 October 2010. Representatives from 28 member countries participated in the Meeting. Observers from Canada and the Holy See, 12 international non-governmental organizations and 4 intergovernmental organizations were in attendance. A representative of one other United Nations organization also participated.

In the first three days, from 27 to 29 September, senior government officers held in-depth discussions on a range of issues central to food security and rural poverty alleviation in Asia-Pacific countries. This was followed by a two day ministerial segment, on 30 September and 1 October, focusing on measures to speed up progress by Asia-Pacific countries towards the November 1996 World Food Summit goal of halving hunger levels by half by the year 2015.

Main items on the agenda were climate change and food security, dealing with the global food and financial crisis, increasing crop productivity, disasters and the United Nations' collaborative programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Nations (REDD). The report of the conference is available as document APRC/10/REP.

A round table on the l'Aquila Initiative was held on 1 October - see Annex F of the APRC/10/REP.

Other APRC related activities included two side events : regional food security governance on 29 September, and responsible agricultural investment on 1 October.  The reports of these two side events are contained in respectively Annex G and Annex H of APRC/10/REP.

A broad coalition of civil society and non-government organizations organized an Asia-Pacific CSO/NGO regional consultation on 27 and 28 September, coinciding with the FAO conference. This parallel event was held at the Gyeongju Teacher's Education Mutual Fund Hotel. The CSO Statement delivered at the APRC is contained in Annex J of APRC/10/REP.  For more information on this parallel meeting, see http://csomtgfaoaprckorea.blogspot.com/ or contact AsiaDHRRA at asiadhrra@asiadhrra.org .

The 30th APRC was hosted by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea. Details are available at the dedicated website opened by the Government : http://www.aprc2010.org

The Government of the Viet Nam graciously offered to host the Thirty-first Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific in 2012, in Viet Nam.

Bangkok, 30 November 2010