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Russia’s Permanent Representative to FAO presents credentials to Director-General

In break with past, Russia now has a top envoy solely dedicated to FAO
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Permanent Representative of Russia to FAO presenting credential letters to FAO Director General.

29 April 2014, Rome - Alexander Gorban, the first independent Permanent Representative of Russia to FAO, presented credential letters to FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva at FAO headquarters today.

The new envoy marks the first time Russia has deployed a diplomat with the sole duty of representing it at FAO and the other UN Rome-based agencies. In the past, the Russia’s bilateral Ambassador to Italy also had a double accreditation to FAO.

The new Permanent Representative emphasized that his appointment “is an indication of Russia’s strong interest in building a strengthened partnership with FAO as one of the key international organizations”. He also expressed his country’s willingness in  bringing Russia’s extended knowledge and expertise on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and other FAO-related areas into the Organization.

At the credentials ceremony, FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva welcomed Russia’s recent voluntary contribution of USD 800,000 to the Agricultural Markets Information System (AMIS).

Established at the request of the Agriculture Ministers of the G20, the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) is an inter-Agency Platform to enhance food market transparency and encourage coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty. The initial focus of AMIS is on four crops that are particularly important in international food markets, namely wheat, maize, rice and soybeans.

Russia also expressed its strong support to FAO’s work in organizing the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).