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, 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

FAO Brussels Dialogue: Strengthening family farming-centred food systems
Organized by FAO Brussels and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU
14 April
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Panel discussion on "How can the law support sustainable wildlife management?" and launch of the SWM Programme's online Legal Hub
Organized by the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme
15 April, 15:00-16:30 CEST
Passcode: 23877429
(Watch here)

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity
Organized by FAO
19-22 April
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Launch of the Commission Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation
Organized by the EU with participation of FAO
20 April
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High-level Segment on EU-FAO Strategic Dialogue
Organized by FAO and the European Union
6 May 

Public Purse under Pressure: Current challenges & the Future of Government Spending on Food and Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa
Organized by FAO with participation of the European Union
7 May 

Achieving a sustainable Food Systems Transformation - Reflections for the UN Food Systems Summit 
Organized by FAO with the European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition 
21 May 

Third Meeting of the Parties on the Agreement on Port State Measures
Organized by FAO and hosted by the European Union
31 May – 4 June
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EU Green Week 
Organized by the European Union
31 May – 13 June
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European Development Days
Organized by the European Union
15 - 16 June
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European Research and innovation days 
Organized by the European Union
23 – 24 June
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Pre-Summit for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit
Organized by the United Nations and the Government of Italy
19-21 July
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