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FAO Director-General meets France’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development

Minister Fabius highlights FAO’s “relief-recover-resilience” approach in the Philippines

FAO Director-General attending the International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change in Paris, France.

20 February 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met France’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius, in Paris where the FAO chief attended the government-organized International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change.

Both discussed FAO’s engagement in efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and Minister Fabius reiterated the country’s full support to this work, insisting on FAO’s “prominent role” in finding solutions for food security in a context of growing climate disturbance.

Graziano da Silva lauded the strong collaboration with France and thanked the reference Minister Fabius made at the Forum about the success of FAO’s approach based in a “relief-recover-resilience” scheme put in practice in the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan.

FAO Director-General highlighted the forthcoming regional conferences on Agroecology, an emerging set of practices that seek to apply ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable food systems, to be held in Asia, Africa and Latin America as “important events to raise public awareness”.

Minister Fabius underlined the importance of FAO’s presence at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), expected to take place in December 2015 in Paris, France, for agriculture and climate change “ to be high in the agenda”