COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 6-8 June 2002
EXTRACTS RELATED TO THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT FROM THE REPORT OF THE TWENTY-THIRD FAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR EUROPE
SUMMARY OF MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS
12. The Conference expressed concern at the slow pace at which food security is being achieved in many countries of the world. Member countries, in general, reiterated their commitment to achieving WFS goals and speeding up the process.
13. The Conference took note that there is a need to strengthen FAO’s focus in the European Region, especially for countries in transition and non members of FAO, by addressing issues which are of common concern for the fundamental reform which should take place in the agricultural sector in Europe, such as food safety, land reform and market access.
14. The Conference took note that the EC and its member states would be signing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, as adopted by the 31st Session of the FAO Conference, before the WFS: FYL.
15. The Conference highlighted the following points:
the main objective of a global alliance against hunger could be to promote a stronger focus on rural poverty for national policies and international coordination;
16. The Conference expressed its appreciation for the document1 prepared on this item, which provided an overview of undernourishment in countries with transition economies and presented challenges for achieving WFS goals in the European Region. It took note of the activities carried out by FAO in the Region to support countries in meeting WFS commitments. It was in agreement with the findings regarding food insecurity in the European Region and supported the recommendations of the document.
17. The Conference also took note of the efforts made by members to implement the WFS Plan of Action.