Events of the week (July 13-19)

July 12-14: Co-operatives: Empowering people for Sustainable Development and Zero Hunger. This three-days event is organized by the International Cooperative Alliance, with the support of the FAO Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development (FAO OPC).
The first day of the event, July 12, will take place at the Palazzo delle Stelline Congress Centre. Mr Rodrigo Castañeda, Chief of the Partnerships Unit of FAO OPC, will hold a key note speech entitled ”Feeding nine billion people while ensuring sustainability”, while Ms Nora OurabahHaddad, Coordinator, Cooperatives and Producer Organizations Partnerships of FAO OPC, will participate in the subsequent round table on ”Agricultural cooperatives: Supporting family farming and rural communities to enhance agricultural production and diversity”.
The last two days will be held in the auditorium of Cascina Triulza. On July 13, Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer, Rural Infrastructure and Industries Division of FAO, will participate in the round table on “Sustainable production and consumption: Avoiding food losses and food waste in the supply chain”.
On July 14, Jamie Morrison, Senior Economist and Deputy Coordinator of Strategic Objective 4 at the Trade and Markets Division of FAO, will participate in the round table “Ensuring an appropriate policy environment: Trade agreements and the post-2015 development agenda”. Info and programme.

July 14: Climate change and food security: challenges for plant health, plant breeding and genetic resources, the conference is organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety at the Conference Center of Expo Milano 2015 from 10.45 am to 5.45 pm.
During the morning session on plant health, Mr Craig Fedchock, Coordinator of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), hosted at FAO Headquarters in Rome, will intervene on the “Impact of climate change, emerging risks and plant diseases on food security”.
As part of the afternoon session on plant breeding and plant variety rights, Mr Dan Leskien, Secretary ad interim, Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO, will give a speech on “Climate change and food security: ensuring the availability of genetic resources for food and agriculture, and forestry”. More info and registration here

July 14-15: Workshop of The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security (HLTF) to be held at the Expo Conference Center during the afternoon on the 14 of July and the morning of the 15th. A visit of the Pavilion Zero and a walk along the UN Itinerary will precede the workshop.
Following the United Nations Rio+20 Conference of June 2012, the HLTF was requested to focus its activities on advancing the Secretary General’s vision of a world with zero hunger, which is the Zero Hunger Challenge. The 22 UN Agencies that are part of the HLTF, have established working groups around the five Zero Hunger Challenge elements, coordinated by the HLTF Coordination Team. The five working groups are drafting the necessary definitions, policies, indicators and messages that will enable everybody to make their contribution.
Among activities for Expo Milano 2015, the HLTF also coordinated with the Zero Hunger Challenge Working Groups, to developed questions/answers/brief thematic explanations for the UN app for Expo 2015 “Get to Zero”.  

July 17: The conference Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050 is organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety at the EU Pavilion from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm. The FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium will be represented.
The conference will provide the opportunity to foster dialogue on consumers' expectations for safe, nutritious, quality and sustainable food, while addressing the role of food science, technology and innovation. The conference will focus on the drivers for change which determine public policy: population growth, demography and consumer attitudes; availability and management of resources; environmental influence on resources and ecosystem goods and services; and innovation & technology. The Directorate general for Health and Food Safety will present its foresight project to provide guidance to future policy-making to preserve the high standards of safe, nutritious, high quality and affordable food for EU consumers. More info here

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