High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy

3-5 June 2008 | Rome, Italy

Highlights for Wednesday, 4 June 2008
The High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy resumed on 4 June 2008, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. During the day and in the evening, the High-Level Segment heard statements by Heads of State and Government, Heads of Delegations and Special Guests. The Committee of the Whole (COW) held four roundtables during the day. The Informal Open-ended Working Group also met throughout the day to carry on work on the draft declaration. This draft was then considered by the COW in an evening session.



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Daily highlights:
Tuesday, 3 June
- Wednesday, 4 June - Thursday, 5 June



HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT
Statements by Heads of Delegation

 
Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic, noted his country's potential to become the “granary of the Caribbean.”
João Bernardo Vieira, President of Guinea Bissau, stressed the need to increase investment in agriculture, especially in Africa.

   
María Gloria Penayo de Duarte, First Lady of Paraguay, noted that solidarity is the best pathway to social wellbeing.
Absalom Themba Dlamini,
Prime Minister of Swaziland, drew attention to the linkages between climate change and the food crisis.
  Gabriel Ntisezerana,
Vice President of Burundi, underscored that bioenergy should not threaten food security.

   
Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili,
Prime Minister, Lesotho
Sahas Bunditkul, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand   Jim Anderton, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of New Zealand

 
Sheikh Abdurrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdul aziz al Thani, Minister for Municipality Affairs and Agriculture of the State of Qatar
Jamil Ahmad and Nazar Mohammad Gondal, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Pakistan

   
Michalis Polynki Charalambides,
Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus
Erik Solheim, Minister for International Development of Norway, said the food crisis provides the opportunity to invest in improving agriculture.
 
Franco Frattini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy, underlined that infrastructural development is key in combating hunger.

   
Eva Kjer Hansen,
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark, supported the use of GMOs for biofuels production, with the necessary precautions.
Marigen Hornkohl Venegas, Minister for Agriculture of Chile, emphasized the role played by the Rome-based institutions in complementing the work of the UN High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis.
Gerda Verburg, Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, noted that we consume more resources than can be regenerated.

   
Nazar Mohammad Gondal, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Pakistan
Sayyadi Abba Ruma,
Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources of Nigeria
  Dato Mustapa Bin Mohamed, Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry of Malaysia

 
Taua Tavaga Kitiona Seuala,
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries of Samoa
  Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland

Delegates in the plenary room

   
Charles Michel, Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium
Mariann Fischer Boel, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development   Chowdhury Sajjadul Karim,
Adviser for Agriculture of Bangladesh

   
Maria Madalena De Brito Neves, Minister of Environment and Agriculture of Cape Verde
Josep Borrell Fontenelles,
Chairman of the Development Committee of the European Parliament
  Arthur C. Yap, Secretary for Agriculture of the Philippines


 

 

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Roundtable 2: Climate change and food security

 
Participants addressed mitigation and adaptation strategies, public-private partnerships, economic growth, and local agricultural development.
Erik Solheim, Minister for International Development of Norway, asked the group to consider, inter alia: incentives for local land users; how to represent vulnerable groups’ interests; and how climate change affects food access.

Roundtable 4: Bioenergy and food security

 
Guillermo Salazar Nicolau , Minister of Agricultural Development, Panama, identified the present food crisis as an opportunity to promote sustainable development. Pat Mooney, Executive Director of the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group), said even second-generation biofuel crops will inevitably displace food crops, calling this “morally unacceptable.”

 
Common themes throughout the sessions included empowering small-scale farmers, water resources management and the importance of linking public policies across sectors.


SIDS Forum
From environmental to food security concerns in Small Island Developing States

 

Africa Forum:
African livelihood responses to climate change and bioenergy

Ndiogou Fall, President of the Executive Committee of ROPPA (Network of Farmers and Peasants Organizations in West Africa), and Victoria Tauli Corpuz, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


 

 


Daily highlights:
Tuesday, 3 June
- Wednesday, 4 June - Thursday, 5 June




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