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Russia highlights the importance of ICN2 follow-up activities and strengthening transboundary disease control in the neighbouring countries

FAO Director-General meets Russia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister for Agriculture

FAO Director-General with Russia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gennady Gatilov, and Deputy Minister for Agriculture Sergey Levin.

14 October 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, today met with Russia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gennady Gatilov, and Deputy Minister for Agriculture Sergey Levin.

Russia as a resource partner

Graziano da Silva thanked Russia for its strong financial and political support to the establishment of FAO Liaison Office in Moscow which opened earlier this year. He also expressed appreciation for the country’s strengthened partnership with FAO, in particular through providing recent contribution of $1m to the Global Soils Partnership and the upcoming contribution of $6m to the Food Security and Nutrition Programme in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

In his remarks during the meeting, Graziano da Silva also stressed the role of the FAO office in Russia in enhancing cooperation between the Organization and the Eurasian Economic Commission, headquartered in Moscow.

FAO-BRICS collaboration

Deputy Minister Levin thanked the Director-General for FAO’s active participation as well as technical and facilitation support provided to the BRICS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting held on 9 October in Moscow.  

ICN2 follow-up actions

At the meeting, Deputy Minister Gatilov confirmed Russia’s commitment to support the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) follow-up activities, including the preparation of Russia’s first National Report on Nutrition.

ICN2 was an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition held at FAO Headquarters, in November 2014, which was jointly organized by FAO and the World Health Organization.

Strengthening transboundary animal disease control

Levin also expressed strong support for the development of a partnership agreement between FAO and Russia on prevention of foot-and-mouth disease in some neighbouring countries, including Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The Director- General welcomed this initiative referring to transboundary diseases as one of the main challenges in the sub-region. 

FAO/TASS cooperation – first tangible results

Graziano da Silva also expressed his content with the first concrete results from the cooperation with the Russian news agency TASS, launched earlier this year in Moscow. In that regard, he noted the increased coverage of issues related to food security and nutrition provided by TASS and the importance of raising awareness on these issues among the Russian-speaking audience.

The purpose of FAO/TASS Agreement is to encourage production and circulation of Russian-language news on food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, forestry, fisheries, climate change and other issues. TASS has been Russia’s leading news agency since 1904. It delivers more than 100 news products covering political, economic, social, cultural and sports events at home and around the globe.