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Press ReleaseThirtieth Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC)
04 Dec 2010

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) will held its thirtieth Regional Conference for the Near East Region (NERC 30) during 4 - 8 December 2010 at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum at the kind invitation of the Government of the Sudan.  Thirty member states from the Near East Region will participate in addition to observers. The Conference will start with a three-day meeting for Senior Officers from 4 to 6 December, followed by a Ministerial Meeting on 7 and 8 December.

The Senior Officers meeting will discuss several issues on top of which are: the implications of soaring food prices and global financial and economic crises on food and nutrition security in the Near East; Trans-boundary plant pests and diseases in the Near East. The meeting will also discuss the conclusions and recommendations of regional commissions and relevant meetings in the Near East including the recent Agriculture and Land and Water Commission (ALAWUC) held in Khartoum last week.

The recommendations of the Senior Officers Meeting will be discussed and adopted by the Ministerial Meeting. The later will discuss matters arising from the World Summit on Food Security held in November 2009.  The Ministerial Meeting will also discuss the recent FAO reform, decentralisation and FAO activities in the Region during the last couple of years. Most importantly, the meeting will debate and identify Regional Priorities for FAO work in the Near East.

For detailed information, please consult the attached Information Note.


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