FAO Liaison Office in New York

 

Tuesday, 1 February 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM (EST) / 16:00 - 17:20 (CET) 

A joint initiative by the FAO Liaison Offices in New York, Geneva and Brussels and the FAO Office of SIDS, LDCs and LLDCs

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) share similar sustainable development challenges, such as limited land mass and arable land, fragile natural environments, heavy reliance on food imports, geographic isolation, and distance from global markets, among others.

With 60 million inhabitants, SIDS account for only 1 percent of CO2 emissions, and yet are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and face an existential threat. Fisheries, tourism, and agriculture contribute significantly to their economy, sectors whose vulnerability and fragility is making it more challenging for them to produce sufficient food to meet their population needs.

In the context of all those challenges, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) co-organized on 30 and 31 August the first SIDS Solutions Forum, hosted by the Government of Fiji. The biannual forum gathered Heads of Governments, UN agencies, and representatives from a wide spectrum including farmers and fishers organizations, NGOs, civil society, private sector, academic institutions, and innovators to discuss how they can leapfrog into the future and secure the food security and nutrition, well-being, and livelihoods of the next generations, in response to the call of the SAMOA Pathway.

The Forum also launched the FAO SIDS Solution Platform as an innovative intra and interregional knowledge exchange platform to incubate, promote, scale up, and replicate locally grown ideas to accelerate the achievement of agriculture, food, nutrition, environment, and health related SDGs in SIDS.

The FAO Global SIDS Solutions Dialogue aims to inform governments and development partners in these three international hubs of the outcomes of the SIDS Solutions Forum. The Dialogue is set to be a kick-off of a series of thematic events on food and agriculture in SIDS throughout the next two years.

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Technical presentation and speeches

  • Technical presentation by Ms. Xiangjun Yao, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific, Ms. Renata Clarke, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean, and Mr. Mbuli Charles Boliko, SIDS Coordinator for Africa and FAO Representative in Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles
  • Statement by H.E. Thilmeeza Hussain, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the UN / Special Envoy of the President of the General Assembly
  • Statement by H.E. Walton A Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of the Small Island Developing States (AOSIS)

Speakers' bios

Welcome remarks

 

 

Mr. Maximo Torero Cullen, FAO Chief Economist

Mr. Maximo Torero Cullen, FAO Chief Economist

Mr. Maximo Torero Cullen is the Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He joined the Organization in January 2019 as Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development Department. Prior to joining FAO, he was the World Bank Group Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay since November 2016 and before the Bank Mr. Torero led the Division of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) can improve the welfare of households and small farmers. His experience encompasses Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

Mr. Torero, a national of Peru, holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru. He is a professor on leave at the University of the Pacific, Perú, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany, and has also published in top journals (QJE, Econometric Theory, AER-Applied Microeconomics, RSTAT, Labor Economics and many other top journals).

Mr. Torero has received in 2000 the Georg Foster Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, won the Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by the Global Development Network, twice, in 2000 and in 2002, and received the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 2014.

For more information, visit: https://maximotorero.com/

 

Keynote Statement

 

 

H.E. Thilmeeza Hussain, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the UN / Special Envoy of the President of the General Assembly

H.E. Thilmeeza Hussain, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the UN / Special Envoy of the President of the General Assembly

Her Excellency Ms. Thilmeeza Hussain was appointed as the Ambassador of the Maldives to the United States and the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations on 18 April 2019 and assumed work at the Mission on 7 May 2019.

After the coup d’état that overthrew the first democratic government in the Maldives, in 2012, she resigned from her previous position she held as the Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of the Maldives to the United Nations and Non-Resident Deputy Ambassador to The United States and Canada, in New York (November 2009 to February 2012). Since then, till her present appointment she was a key member of the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) of the then main opposition party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), where she lobbied to maintain close relations with the government of the United States and other agencies to garner support in the restoration of democracy in the country.

During her tenure as the Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of the Maldives to the United Nations, in New York, she held the Climate Change and Sustainable Development portfolio. She also led the work of Commercial Diplomacy at the Mission and was responsible for marketing various Maldivian government investment opportunities in the United States and Canada.

In addition to this Ambassador Hussain championed the climate change and sustainable development agenda, where she was the lead negotiator for the Maldives, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) conference for two consecutive years, Co-chaired the Sustainable Development Working Group for the 48-members of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). She led the negotiations on the climate mitigation track for the Maldives at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2012, Co-chaired many AOSIS working groups including, Working Group on 5 Year Review of Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI) of Barbados Program of Action (BPOA). She also facilitated various resolution during the sessions of the UN General Assembly for the Group of 77 and China.

Other important positions that Ambassador Hussain held include Minister of State for Home Affairs (North Province) during President Nasheed’s government when decentralization of governance was a priority and rolled out for the first time.

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Hussain was an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability in Ramapo College, New Jersey, United States of America teaching World Sustainability at the School of Social Sciences and Human Services since 2015. She held the position of Co-Chair of Socially and Economically just Adaptation and Mitigation team of the United States Climate Action Network (USCAN), since 2016. Sustainability and environmental justice is one of her areas of personal interest as well.

In addition to her formal work, Ambassador Hussain has a kinship for doing non-profit work for social good. The main areas of her work include gender and climate justice whereby she founded the Voice of Women (VoW) in the Maldives and was an Advisory Council Member for Climate Wise Women (CWW), and Women’s Earth Climate Action Network (WECAN), to advocate for the cause. She was also named as a prestigious Aspen New Voices Fellow for the year 2018-2019 at the Aspen Institute.

Ambassador Hussain holds a Master of Science in Business Management from Colorado Technical University; United States and Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University; Perth, Australia.

Ambassador Hussain is married to Mohamed Shaheen, and they have a seven-year-old son. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and painting. Snorkeling and being in the ocean and beach, close to nature is what she enjoys most.

 

Technical presentation

 

 

Ms. Xiangjun Yao, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific

Ms. Xiangjun Yao, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific

Ms Xiangjun Yao oversees FAO’s work in providing technical support to its 14 member countries to improve food security, income earning opportunities in agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and increasing resilience of small farmers and producers in the Pacific.

She joined FAO Headquarters in June 2011 and has held leading roles within the agency. She assumed the role of Sub regional Coordinator of the Pacific Islands in October 2020.

Ms Yao began her career at the Institute of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering, in the area of renewable energy and rural environment protection in 1983. She was Director of the institute from 1998 to 2004.

From June to September 2004, she served as Deputy Director-General of the Centre of International Cooperation Service, Ministry of Agriculture, China. Before her appointment to FAO, Ms Yao was Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Agriculture, China. She was also a Guest Professor at the University of International Business and Economics, China, as well as a Council Member of the China Energy Research Society and Evaluation Expert for Engineering Construction Projects authorized by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.

Ms Yao joined FAO Headquarters in June 2011 as Director, Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension. From October 2012 to September 2014, she served as Director of the Climate Energy and Tenure Division (NRC). She was transferred in August 2014 to Geneva, Switzerland as Director, Liaison Office with the United Nations (LOG) in Geneva, a position she held until her transfer to FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok.

 

 

Ms. Renata Clarke, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean

Ms. Renata Clarke, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean

Dr. Renata Clarke has worked at the FAO Headquarters in the area of Food Safety for the past 20 years. She was Head of FAO Food Safety and Quality Unit from 2011 to 2019, when she assumed the position of FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for the Caribbean.

In her capacity as Head of the FAO Food Safety and Quality Unit, she led FAO programmes for developing the capacities of countries to assure the safety of food supplies. She also provided strategic oversight to the FAO Programme for the Provision of Food Safety Scientific Advice, which undertakes the risk assessments that underpin Codex standard setting and food safety policy in many countries.

In her current role, she oversees the FAO Programme of work across the 13 English speaking countries of the Caribbean. She is responsible for the strategic visioning for the FAO programmes, for ensuring effective collaboration with regional bodies and for managing a Multi-Disciplinary Team of Experts that supports programme implementation.

She holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies.

 

 

Mr. Mbuli Charles Boliko, SIDS Coordinator for Africa and FAO Representative in Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles

Mr. Mbuli Charles Boliko, SIDS Coordinator for Africa and FAO Representative in Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles

Mr Boliko, a national of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, holds a Master of Art (M.A.) and a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in International Development from Nagoya University, Japan, and a Master of Science in Industrial Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kisangani, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). He also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Strategic Management of Human Capital from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

He started his career in 1988 as Assistant and Lecturer in the areas of Management and Administrative Law at the Institut supérieur de commerce (ISC) in Kinshasa, DR Congo. While teaching at the Institute, he also worked as Chief of the General Assembly Secretariat within the Conseil consultatif permanent pour le développement, a public institution, and, at a later stage, as Advisor and Chargé de mission in the Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports in DR Congo.

Mr Boliko joined FAO headquarters in 1997 as Personnel Officer in the Human Resources Division. From 1998 to 2003, he served as Liaison Officer in the FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in New York (LON), where he was in charge of macro-economic policy questions, humanitarian assistance, and human resource management. In 2003, he was transferred to the Office of the Director-General as Attaché de Cabinet, and, subsequently, became Senior Attaché de Cabinet in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he was Chief of the Recruitment and Staffing Branch in the Human Resources Division at FAO headquarters. In 2013, he was appointed Director of the FAO Liaison Office in Japan (LOJ) in Yokohama, where he significantly contributed to improving FAO’s visibility as well as collaboration with public, private and non-State actors. Mr Boliko is also a Visiting Professor of the Université catholique du Congo (UCC) in Kinshasa. He took on his current position as FAO Representative for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles in September 2020. He speaks French and English, considering only UN official languages.

 

Remarks from SIDS organizations and institutions

 

 

H.E. Mr George Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary-General, Organization for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)

H.E. Mr George Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary-General, Organization for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)

Mr. Chikoti was born in Angola.

He has dedicated almost 30 years of his professional career to diplomacy and international relations, in a particularly difficult context for Angola which was back then newly independent.

His leadership is acknowledged both at the national and the international level. His experience in crisis management has enabled him to contribute greatly to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region where he presided the Interministerial Committee.

Mr. Chikoti has also lead the public debate of the UNSC on the theme “Maintaining international peace and security: conflict prevention and resolution in the Great Lakes region”.

For almost 25 years, he has participated in all the UNGA and Executive Council sessions, as well as in the sessions of the African Union. His experience is rich from many other contributions to diplomacy.

 

 

H.E. Walton A Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of the Small Island Developing States (AOSIS)

H.E. Walton A Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of the Small Island Developing States (AOSIS)

Permanent Representative of Antigua & Barbuda to the United Nations, Ambassador Webson has been Permanent Representative since 2014. In 2017, he was Chair of UNICEF. Until his appointment, Mr. Webson had a long career with Perkins International, serving as its Director since 2011. Prior to that, he was the organization’s Director of Institutional Development and Coordinator of Education Programs for Africa and the Caribbean. Mr. Webson holds a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, United States. He earned his Master of Science in management of non-profit organizations and his Bachelor of Science from the New School for Social Research, New York, United States. 

Since at the United Nations, Ambassador Webson served as President of UNICEF, 2017 and was Vice President of its Board in 2016. Ambassador Webson chaired the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence of Colonial Countries and Peoples also known as the Special Committee on decolonization or C-24 in 2018. He was appointed by the President 72nd session of the UN General Assembly to co-facilitate with the Ambassador of Japan the high-level meeting on tuberculosis which took place in September 2018 and was appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly in 2019 to be a co-facilitator on the Steering Committee on Accessibility and continues to chair that committee on the reappointment from the presidents of the 74th, 75th and 76th sessions of the General Assembly.

Ambassador Webson is an innovator and a leader. He founded the Friends of Vision at the United Nations; a group responsible for advocating for eye health to be included in universal health care. He was successful in getting eye health for the first time included in a UN resolution on UHC.

Ambassador Webson with the Ambassadors of Denmark and the UAE formed the informal group of the Presidents of the UN agencies to coordinate the work of the Funds and Programmes of the United Nation agencies.

He was the lead sponsor on two resolutions affecting the lives of persons with disabilities around the world and is considered as a champion on disabilities issues and a leading voice on issues of Small States.

Ambassador Webson served in 2020 as the President of the board of the United Nations Development Programmed (UNDP, UNOPS AND UNFPA). He is the current co-chair of the UN Steering Committee on the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and has had the honor to lead the CARICOM Caucus at two General Assemblies over his first four years at the UN.

In 2017, Ambassador Webson was the lead voice of the initiative for raising pledges in support of global response to the needs of the Caribbean to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The UN sponsored activity attracted more than 2.1 billion dollars in pledges.

He continues to sit on several UN committees including committees responding to the challenges of COVID19.

 

Discussions

 

 

H.E. Chad Blackman, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Barbados to the United Nations in Geneva

H.E. Chad Blackman, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Barbados to the United Nations in Geneva

His Excellency Chad Blackman, is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva and Vienna; Barbados’ Ambassador to the United Nations at Vienna, and Barbados’ Ambassador to Austria, The Republic of Serbia and Switzerland.

Ambassador Blackman has worked in the international development sector for over fifteen years, and has engaged as an international trade law specialist and development consultant at the Commonwealth Secretariat respectively. Prior to his tenure in Geneva, he was Legal Consultant and Partner in a Caribbean Law Firm, where he led on issues international trade, shipping and data protection laws.

Ambassador Blackman is the President of the G77 and China (Geneva Chapter); former Chair for the Trade and Environment Committee and former Chair of the Trade and Development Committee, both in the WTO. He chairs the SIDS Group in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was the Americas Co-ordinator for the Government Group in the ILO, and is a UN International Gender Champion Global Board Member.

Ambassador Blackman, is a British trained international trade law specialist, and has read for both the LLB Law and LLM International Trade Law from the University of Essex in the UK, and is an Associate member of the London based, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , and speaks English, French and Spanish.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate General for International Partnerships

Mr. Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate General for International Partnerships

Dr. Leonard Mizzi is Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General (DG) for International Cooperation and Development - Rural development, food security and nutrition, since 1st of January 2017. Prior to this post he was Head of Unit for 10 years in DG Agriculture and Rural Development, first in charge of agri trade and development issues (2007-2014) and from 2015-2016 leading the inter institutional unit hence relations with the European Parliament, Council and consultative bodies and well as steering the Civil Dialogue Groups.

He is a graduate in Public Administration from the University of Malta (BA Hons First Class); and has degrees from CIHEAM-Montpellier (Master of Science) and a Ph.D in Agricultural economics from the University of Reading (UK). He has been an author of a number of articles and publications on agri food issues and nutrition in the Mediterranean region.

Dr. Mizzi has a broad working experience in the Maltese public administration and the Maltese private sector. He first worked in the Economic Planning Division of the Office of the Prime Minister (Malta) and from 1996-2006 was the first Director of the Malta Business Bureau in Brussels- the office of the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association.

He was also visiting lecturer at the Boston University (Brussels campus), Open University and Malta University. He often lectures at the College of Europe in Bruges.

His areas of specialisation are global food security governance, agriculture and food and nutrition security, the Mediterranean and Sub Saharan Africa.

 

 

Ms. Isolina Boto, Head of Networks and Alliances, Europe-Africa- Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP)

Ms. Isolina Boto, Head of Networks and Alliances, Europe-Africa- Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP)

Isolina Boto is the Head of Networks and Alliances at COLEACP, a non-profit Association of private sector operators in the agrifood sector active in the EU, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) regions. Isolina has more than 25 years of experience in agricultural development. She started her career with the European Commission, worked extensively with ACP embassies and NGOs in areas related to food security, rural development and trade. Before joining COLEACP, she was the Manager of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) Brussels Office (2004-2020) implementing policy initiatives related to the ACP-EU cooperation in the field of agricultural and rural development, agribusiness and trade. She designed and implemented a number of projects in agritourism in SIDS, linking agriculture to tourism markets and led agribusiness projects in support of capacity development of SMEs, entrepreneurs and farmers organisations across ACP countries, a part of them related to SIDS agrifood markets.

 

 

MEP Mr. Carlos Zorrinho, Member of Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

MEP Mr. Carlos Zorrinho, Member of Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Carlos Zorrinho (born 28 May 1959) is graduated in Business Management at the University of Évora, which later awarded him a Doctorate Degree in Information Management. He pursued his academic career as a professor at the University of Évora, becoming Full Professor of its Department of Business Administration.

Member of the National Council of the Socialist Party since 1990, he was elected for the first time for the National Parliament in 1995, by the electoral circle of Évora. He was a member of Parliament until 2000, becoming Vice-President of the Socialist Party’s Parliamentary Group in 1999.

From 1997 to 1999, he coordinated the ProAlentejo - Programme for the Integrated Development of Alentejo. In 2000, he was elected Member of the National Council for Education. Later that year, he entered office as Secretary of State Deputy to the Minister for Home Office of the XIV Constitutional Government (2000/2002).

In 2002, Carlos Zorrinho resumed his academic career at the University of Évora. After the Socialist Party won the 2005 general elections, he was appointed National Coordinator of the Lisbon Strategy and the Technological Plan, reporting directly to the Prime Minister of the XVI Constitutional Government (2005/2009). Under that capacity, he led the development of the Portuguese Digital Agenda, known as “Plano Tecnológico”, which aimed at improving the country’s competitiveness through technology, innovation and knowledge.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as Secretary of State for Energy and Innovation, within the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Development of the XVII Constitutional Government. Returning to the Parliament in 2011, Carlos Zorrinho was elected Leader of the Socialist Party’s Parliamentary Group from September 2011 to 2013.

Since June 2014 Carlos Zorrinho became Member of the European Parliament and Head of the Portuguese Delegation of the Socialists & Democrats at the European parliament. Parliamentary functions:

  • Vice-Chair, Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Member, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
  • Member, Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Member, Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly
  • Substitute, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Substitute, Delegation for relations with Mercosur

 

 

Mr. Hani Eskandar, Senior Coordinator for Digital Services, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Mr. Hani Eskandar, Senior Coordinator for Digital Services, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Mr. Eskandar is the Digital Services Senior Coordinator at the Digital Society Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU. Mr. Eskandar is currently involved in providing assistance to several developing countries by advising on digital applications and services strategies and policies, assisting in implementing technical co-operation projects in areas of digital health, agriculture, governance and education. He has led the development of several guidelines and best practices reports on digital applications particularly on digital Health, digital Agriculture and digital Government. Mr Eskandar is currently leading major joint programmes on digital health, digital agriculture, digital government, smart learning and smart villages in collaboration with several governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders.

Mr. Eskandar has more than 25 years of extensive on-the-ground experience in the field of ICT for Development where he, through working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Switzerland and, UNDP, Ministry of ICT and other NGOs in Egypt, was involved in several development projects in the fields of Health, Education, Illiteracy Eradication, Community Development, SME development and Micro Credits.

Mr. Eskandar has an educational background in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) and has completed an MBA from McGill University, Canada and a Master Degree in Social and Economic Development Studies from University of Paris I, France. 

 

Closing

 

 

H.E. Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva, Co-host of the SIDS Solution Forum

H.E. Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva, Co-host of the SIDS Solution Forum

Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan was appointed to Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva when it first opened in April 2014. She is a qualified legal practitioner of Fiji and studied law at Sussex University and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

She holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge with papers in civil liberties and in international law. She also holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales at Inner Temple London as a barrister in 1983. She practised law in Fiji from 1984 to 1999 as a prosecutor and was appointed Fiji`s Director of Public Prosecutions in 1994, the first woman in Fiji to hold that post. In 1999, she was appointed Fiji`s first woman High Court judge, a position she held until 2009.

Since her appointment as Permanent Representative, Ambassador Khan has supported the work of the SIDS/LDC’s Trust Fund in working towards universal representation of all countries in the United National Human Rights Council. She is a strong advocate for more Pacific Island and Small Island Developing States to become members of the Council, thus making the Council more inclusive and representative.

In 2018, Fiji became a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2019-2021. During Fiji’s first year of membership, Ambassador Khan was nominated Vice President of the Council by the Asia Pacific Group.

In January 2021, Ambassador Khan was elected President of the Human Rights Council, and has chaired the Council using virtual and hybrid modalities to ensure that the Council continued to operate effectively. During her tenure, for the first time, the Council agreed to vote on decisions on a virtual platform and adopted decisions on that basis. The Council under her Presidency has also held a total of three special sessions, designed to respond to urgent human rights situations. She has also appointed a number of experts to serve on commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions, as mandated by the Council.

Ambassador Khan has also chaired the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Support Group, serves on the Advisory Committee of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, serves on the Technical Advisory Group on Climate Change, Environment and Health for the WHO Western Pacific, serves on the Technical Advisory Group of the Pacific Climate Change Mobility Project (PCCMHS), is a member of the Board of Trustees of UNITAR (the United Nations Institute for Training and Research), is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations, and was Vice Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement in 2019. Fiji has assumed the Chairmanship of the Platform on Disaster Displacement for 2021.

Ambassador Khan has a proven record of effective leadership in Fiji and in Geneva. She is an International Gender Champion and was the Chief Negotiator for the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, under Fiji’s Presidency in 2017.

In December 2021, Ambassador Khan was appointed Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and will take up her new role in March 2022. 

 

Moderator

 

 

Ms. Angelica Jacome Daza, FAO’s Director of the Office of SIDS, LDCs and LLDCs

Ms. Angelica Jacome Daza, FAO’s Director of the Office of SIDS, LDCs and LLDCs

Ms Angélica María Jácome holds a Master of Science in International Development from Tulane University, a Master of Arts in Law from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tulane University. Prior to joining FAO, she was the Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations Rome-based Agencies (RBAs) from 2015 to 2019. She served in other foreign missions of Panama and worked as a consultant for various international organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on areas related to planning, social and economic policy, and resilience. She is currently the Director of the Office of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), OSL, and the Executive Chief for both the FAO Women’s and Youth Committees.