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Previous Sessions and documents ARC - 30th Session - February 2018 (Khartoum, Sudan)
ARC - 29th Session - April 2016 (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)
ARC - 28th Session - March 2014 (Tunis, Tunisia)
ARC - 27th Session - April 2012 (Brazzaville, Congo)
ARC - 26th Session - May 2010 (Luanda, Angola)
ARC - 25th Session - June 2008 (Nairobi, Kenya)
ARC - 24th Session - January 2006 (Bamako, Mali)
ARC - 23rd Session - March 2004 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
ARC - 22nd Session - February 2002 (Cairo, Egypt)
ARC - 21st Session - February 2000 (Yaoundé, Cameroon)
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Article of Constitution

Article VI.5

Rules of Procedure

Adopted at the Thirty-sixth Session of the Conference (2009).
See Basic Texts, Vol. I, GRO XXXV - Regional Conferences

Category Cat.1

The functions of the Regional Conferences shall be:

  • To provide a forum for consultation on all matters pertaining to the mandate of the Organization within the region, including any special issues of interest to the Members in the concerned region;
  • To provide a forum for the formulation of regional positions on global policy and regulatory issues within the mandate of the Organization or having implications in respect of the mandate and activities of the Organization, including with a view to promoting regional coherence on global policy and regulatory matters;
  • To advise on and identify the special problems of their respective regions and priority areas of work which should be taken into account in the preparation of the planning, programme and budgetary documents of the Organization and suggest adjustments to these documents;
  • To review and advise on the plans, programmes or projects carried out by the Organization which impact upon the region;
  • To review and advise on the performance of the Organization in the region in contributing to the achievement of results against relevant performance indicators, including any pertinent evaluations.

The Regional Conferences shall report to the Council, through the Programme and Finance Committee, in the areas of their respective mandates, on programme and budget matters and to the Conference on policy and regulatory matters. The reports of the Regional Conferences shall be presented by the Chairperson.

Secretary Ms Jocelyn Gayden BROWN HALL
Chairperson of last Session H.E. Abdelatif Ahmed Mohamed Al Ijaimi, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Sudan
Number of Members 54
List of Members
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Canada, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America and Holy See


Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia participate as Members both in the Regional Conference for Africa and in the Regional Conference for the Near East.


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Frequency of Sessions Normally one session per biennium in non-Conference years.

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Regional Conference for Africa

First Session Lagos, Nigeria, November 1960