At the FAO Regional Conference for the Asia-Pacific Region (APRC)

Date: 4 September 2020

Time: 12:30pm Bangkok time (GMT+7)

During this 30-minute virtual event, the CFS Chairman will be joined by regional policy-makers and experts to address the ongoing work of the CFS.  Specifically, they will address key aspects of the draft CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition with a specific focus on its relevance to regional governments, the importance of cross-sectoral policy coordination, and “uptake” of the Guidelines by regional leaders once adopted at CFS 47 in February 2021.

See the concept note for more information on the event, thematic focus and expected outcomes.





Chris Hegadorn, CFS Secretary

Speakers  (see speakers' bios)


  • Mr. Thanawat Tiensin,     CFS Chairperson and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the Rome agencies (see remarks)
  • Mr. Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Honourable Afioga Lopaoo Natanielu Mua, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries of Samoa (see remarks)
  • Mr Makoto Osawa, Vice Minister for Agriculture of Japan
  • Ms Erin Sweeney, Manager, Sustainable Business & Investment, Grow Asia (see remarks)
  • Ms Shalmali Guttal, Executive Director of Focus on the Global South and representative of the CFS Civil Society Mechanism (see remarks)
  • Mr Stuart Oda, Founder, Alesca Life and representative of the CFS Private Sector Mechanism