The FAO Deputy Director-General for Operations Mr. Changchui He, visited New York from 4-8 May 2010 for the main purpose of representing the organization in the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principals meeting. IASC, of which FAO is a full member, is the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance.
While in New York, Mr. He took the opportunity to meet with the President of the Economic and Social Council, the G77 Chair, Chef-de-Cabinet of the UN Secretary General and underwent consultations with the Chairs of the regional groups for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and European Commission. Mr. He briefed Member States on several salient issues that dealt with the FAO reform, FAO inputs to the review of the MDG Summit and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Mr. He called Member States to focus on the need to finance agriculture and food security country programmes.