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World Summit on Food Security (WSFS)

16-18 November 2009 | Rome, Italy

Summary Highlights of the Summit

World Summit on Food Security

View of Rome from the venue.


Highlights for Wednesday, 18 November 2009

World Summit on Food SecurityThe third World Summit on Food Security, held from 16-18 November 2009 at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, ended early Wednesday afternoon. Representatives from 23 countries and UN agencies made statements. Delegates attended a parallel round table on the role of rural development, smallholder farmers and trade to enhance global food security. Prior to the Summit’s closure, delegates heard summaries of the declarations and charters adopted at pre-summit events held by parliamentarians, the private sector, NGOs and civil society, and the Second Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) First Ladies Summit. They also heard summaries of the Summit’s four round tables. Following a closing statement by FAO General-Director Jacques Diouf, the Summit closed at 12:44pm.

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The dais during the closing of the Summit.

The Summit was closed at 12:44 pm.

Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General, said important steps had been taken in achieving the objective of a world free from hunger.

Marcela Villarreal, FAO, read a draft message from the second NAM First Ladies Summit, held in Rome, 15 November 2009


Highlights for Tuesday, 17 November 2009

World Summit on Food SecurityThe third World Summit on Food Security continued on 17 November 2009 at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Throughout the day, heads of delegations from 82 countries and organizations made statements. Two parallel round tables also took place: in the morning round table, delegates addressed the implementation of the reform of global governance of food security; during the afternoon round table, they discussed the challenges imposed by climate change adaptation and mitigation on agriculture and food security.

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Participants during the general debate.
Beverley Oda, Minister for International Cooperation of Canada
Gerda Verburg, Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands
Eva Kjer Hansen, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark
Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

Highlights for Monday, 16 November 2009

World Summit on Food SecurityThe third World Summit on Food Security opened on 16 November 2009 at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Following the inaugural ceremony, Heads of Delegations adopted the World Summit on Food Security Declaration. Heads of Delegation from 44 countries and UN organizations, as well as His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, then made statements in a plenary session throughout the day. In the afternoon, delegates convened in a parallel round table on the impacts of food, economic and financial crises on food security.

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Jacques Diouf, Director-General, FAO, welcomed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, and Summit Chair, stressed the need to turn words into deeds.
Muammar El-Gheddafi, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, spoke of the debt owed to Africa by former colonial powers.
Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, emphasized the basic right to food, and the indivisibility of food security from sustainable development.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, lamented the weakness of current food security mechanisms, and urged better market access for poor countries.
Summit Opening Press Conference.
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