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From a numerical perspective . . .

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Volunteers carry the Member Country flags to the Parliament building’s lower level, for packing and shipping back to the Regional Office

Looking at the 29th FAO Regional Conference in numbers

Conferences and meetings can be evaluated in different ways, and one of these is to look at the numbers. Here’s a look at some of the figures for the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Europe, held in Bucharest, Romania from 2 to 4 April 2014.

The Conference was attended by 145 delegates, representing 46 Member Countries and the European Union.  For perspective, consider that FAO’s Europe and Central Asia region embraces 53 countries and one Member Organization (the EU). 

Of the 47 delegations participation in the Conference, 24 were led by high-level officials.  Of these, 5 were Ministers, 12 were Deputy Ministers, 6 were State Secretaries, and 1 was an EU Commissioner.

A total of 35 observers and other participants represented observer states and organizations.

Five United Nations organizations, 4 other intergovernmental organizations, 9 civil society organizations, 3 private sector organizations, 2 UN member states in the region,  and 6 observer member nations were represented.

Also present were the Independent Chairperson of the FAO Council, the Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security, panelists in the various side events, and others.

A total of 126 journalists were accredited to cover the Regional Conference in Bucharest.  Of these, 8 were foreign journalists (for news outlets based in France, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Spain, Turkey).  A total of 118 journalists, photographers and cameramen from the Romanian media were accredited. 

Some 349 articles were published by media outlets in Europe and Central Asia, as well as Latin America, Asia and Africa. In addition, an opinion article on food waste by FAO Director-General Jose’ Graziano da Silva was published by national media in 15 countries in Europe and Central Asia.

11 April 2014, Budapest, Hungary