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FAO Director-General meets Russia’s Chief State Sanitary Physician

Russia strongly supports endorsement of Declaration on Nutrition

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation and Head of Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being

19 November 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation and Head of Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being (Rospotrebnadzor) Anna Popova, attending the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome.

The Director-General thanked the Russian Federation for its strong political support to the ICN2 as well as its generous contribution of USD 300,000 to support the organization of the Conference.

During the meeting the Director-General emphasized the importance of the follow-up actions, including national commitments at country level to implement the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action, endorsed today by more than 170 countries. Both documents set out recommendations for policies and programmes to address nutrition across multiple sectors.

In this context, the Director-General introduced the newly established FAO’s Trust Fund on Nutrition and invited Russia to participate in it as a donor with regard to its particular area of interest.

Popova emphasized FAO’s leadership in organizing the Conference and its “vital coordinating role” on global nutrition issues. She also highly appreciated the recently launched BRICS Communication Dialogue on Nutrition and invited FAO to participate in thematic BRICS events during the next Russia’s BRICS Presidency in 2015.

Referring to the forthcoming opening of the FAO Liaison Office in Moscow, Popova committed strong expert support of her agency, “Rospotrebnadzor”, to the new office.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ICN2, Popova stressed that Russia strongly supported the endorsement of the Declaration and the Framework of Action. “Now we will focus our efforts on implementing agreed commitments in partnership with the international organizations such as FAO and WHO to achieve the best results”.

She also highlighted Russia’s interest to participate in international food safety programmes and noted that during the last five years the country had donated more than $210 million in food-related initiatives, including school-feeding programmes in North Africa, Asia and other countries.

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