Muscat (UNA-OIC) – The Sultanate of Oman hosted on Monday the ministerial meetings of the 35th session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa (NERC 35), which is held under the theme “Transforming Food Systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The two-day conference, which is being held virtually, gathers 30 member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization as well as representatives from partner organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, to identify innovative policy solutions related to transforming food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regional Conference Chairman Dr. Saud bin Hamoud Al Habsi, Oman’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, called for a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as countries have been struggling to ensure agricultural productivity and food accessibility. He also mentioned that some countries have been affected by desert locust infestations.
The agenda of the conference includes a Ministerial Roundtable in order to promote a high-level policy dialogue focusing on concrete actions to transform food systems to achieve the SDGs and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.