FAO Liaison Office in Brussels

FAO in Brussels

On 26 November 1991, the European Union (EU) became the 161st Member of the FAO. The accession marked an institutional breakthrough, as it was the first time that the EU became a member of a UN agency, and the first time FAO welcomed a Member Organization.

The FAO Liaison Office in Brussels was officially established with the signing of a Host Country Agreement between FAO and the Kingdom of Belgium in February 1997.

The Liaison Office in Brussels maintains relations and follows the work - policy dialogue, information, exchanges, advocacy - of a broad range of actors from the European Union Institutions such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU as well as the Belgian Federal and Regional Governments, the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (OACPS), FAO's Members Representations and other Brussels-based stakeholders and partners such as NGOs and other UN agencies.

The Liaison Office ensures the work, goals and priorities of the Food and Agriculture Organization are made known, resources are mobilized and partnerships are forged for their advancement.

Recent and upcoming events

UN Food Systems Summit
Organized by the UNFSS
23 September
(Register here

EU Pollinator Week 2021
Organized by Member of the European Parliament Martin Hojsík and BeeLife European Beekeeping Coordination
27-30 September
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International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste
Organized by FAO 
29 September
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European Youth Event 2021
Organized by the European Parliament with FAO participation
8-9 October
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UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15/COP-MOP10/COP-MOP4)
11-15 October
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High-level Brussels Dialogue: From reaction to prevention, anticipatory action against food crises
Organized by FAO Brussels and the European Commission  DG ECHO, with the participation of FAO Director-General, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and WFP
12 October
(Information is upcoming) 

European Week of Regions and Cities 2021
Organized by the European Union
11-14 October
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Farm to Fork Conference – Building sustainable food systems together
Organized by the European Union with FAO Brussels involvement
14-15 October
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World Food Day
Organized by FAO 
16 October
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