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FAO Regional Ministerial Convention for the NENA area concludes with a Ministerial Declaration

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Amman – The thirty seventh session of the Regional Ministerial Convention for the Close to East and North Africa (NENA) of the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) ended immediately with a Ministerial Declaration supporting the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31, supported by the Group’s flagship initiatives, and calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

The Ministerial Declaration was agreed by Members of the NENA area on the finish of a two-day high-level gathering in Amman.

Delegates reiterated their assist for the FAO Strategic Framework 2022–31, which requires the transformation to extra environment friendly, extra inclusive, extra resilient, and extra sustainable world agrifood methods to guarantee the “4 Betters”: higher manufacturing, higher vitamin, a greater atmosphere, and a greater life, leaving nobody behind. The FAO Strategic Framework helps Members in attaining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Growth and the Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs).

The high-level contributors additionally endorsed the 4 Regional Priorities for FAO’s programme of labor as set out in its Strategic Framework for the subsequent decade, and which replicate strategic areas to assist nations within the area in remodeling their agrifood methods.

The Ministers additionally reiterated their assist for FAO’s flagship initiatives, together with the One Nation One Precedence Product, Hand-in-Hand, and 1000 Digital Villages, and dedicated to assist their implementation of their nations in step with nationwide priorities.


Ministers and Heads of Delegation of the area additionally known as for a ceasefire in Gaza and an finish to “all types of violence.”

The Declaration expresses “deep concern concerning the deteriorating safety scenario within the area and the ensuing meals safety and vitamin disaster, significantly in Gaza, Sudan, Yemen and the Syrian Arab Republic.”

On Gaza particularly, it expresses excessive concern with the “deteriorating humanitarian scenario, the compelled displacement of the inhabitants within the Gaza Strip, the destruction of the agriculture sector and associated livelihoods and infrastructure leading to extreme meals insecurity main in direction of famine.”

Ministers additionally expressed solidarity with these dealing with the “devastating scenario because of the conflict in Gaza and conflicts in different member nations” and emphasised “the significance of selling peace within the area.”

In his closing remarks to the convention, FAO Director-Normal QU Dongyu mentioned: “I want to convey my deepest sympathies for the continuing struggling in Gaza, Sudan and Yemen, and different hotspots within the area, because of the impacts of conflict and conflicts, and different world crises.”

“Let me guarantee you of FAO’s continued assist to those communities, in step with our mandate and sources framework. I proceed to emphasize that peace is a prerequisite for meals safety,” the Director-Normal added.

Already in November, Qu had known as for a right away humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to ease civilian struggling and to facilitate the supply of pressing help.

The Ministerial Declaration was adopted towards the backdrop of the more and more worrying scenario in Gaza, the place the inhabitants is experiencing catastrophic ranges of conflict-induced meals insecurity and a excessive danger of famine.

Based on the newest Built-in Meals Safety Part Classification (IPC) evaluation, your complete inhabitants of about 2.2 million individuals within the Gaza Strip is estimated to be in Disaster or worse (IPC Part 3 and above), the very best share of individuals experiencing such acute meals insecurity that the IPC has ever labeled for any given space or nation.

About 50 p.c of the inhabitants is projected to be in Emergency (IPC Part 4) and not less than one in 4 households (greater than half one million individuals) conservatively assessed to now be in Catastrophic or famine-like situations (IPC Part 5).

FAO is already enjoying an important function in Gaza, significantly by way of offering emergency aid and collaborating in rebuilding efforts. FAO is a part of the joint UN flash attraction and is intently coordinating with the broader UN household and companions in responding most appropriately and successfully, in step with its mandate.

FAO has additionally issued a name for $20 million within the Nov 2023 UN Interagency Flash Attraction and plans to reactivate the manufacturing of perishable, extremely nutritious meals that can’t be imported as meals help, together with contemporary milk, meat, and greens.


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