FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets the stage for transforming our world through the achievement of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, and to strengthen universal peace. It recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, are called to implement this plan.

Transforming the world’s agri-food systems, the way we produce, process, distribute and consume food has been identified as one of the key avenues to achieving many targets of the 2030 Agenda. This means better production, better nutrition, and a better environment, for a better life.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives and that food is produced in a sustainable way. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. The FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) supports the 19 countries of the region in achieving these goals.


Opening statement by QU Dongyu - Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (15 minutes) 

Introduction by AbdulHakim Elwaer -Assistant-Director General & Regional Representative - Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa - FAO (10 minutes)

Statement by the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers – Khaled Hanafy (5 minutes)



Beth Bechdol - Deputy Director General - FAO


  1. Naif AbdulMohsen Saleh Al-Rajhi - CEO – AlRajhi International Holding Group for Investment
  2. Alzbeta Klein - CEO/Director-General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA)
  3. Ayman Amin Sejiny - CEO/General Manager-Islamic Corporation for the development of the Private Sector - Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
  4. Moez El-Shohdi - President of the Food Banking Regional Network
  • Questions and answers (15 minutes)



Ismahane El Ouafi - Chief Scientist - FAO


  1. Soud Ba'alawy - Executive Chairman Enspire (DIFC) Ltd.
  2. Ouiam Lahlou -Professor at “Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II” at Rabat, Morocco
  3. Yousef Hamidaddin - CEO, Agri-Tech Accelerator
  4. Reginald Lee - Director, Programs, Grow Asia
  5. Chandra Singh - Director Business Development, Elite Agro
  • Questions and answers (15 minutes) 

Closing remarks by AbdelHakim Elwaer - Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative of FAO’s Near East and North Africa Regional Ofice (RNE) (10 Minutes)

Languages:  Simultaneous translation in Arabic, English and French.

Registration:  https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c5oaaqyjRg26p0W6aHmXHA