Morocco co-chairs meeting of United Nations agencies in Rome


The Ambassador, permanent representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations agencies in Rome, Youssef Balla, co-chaired, Friday at FAO headquarters, the seventh annual joint meeting of the FAO Council, the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Board of Directors of the World Food Program (WFP).

This joint meeting, created in 2017 at the request of members of the UN agencies headquartered in Rome, constitutes a coordination platform to discuss strategic issues relating to food security in the world.

This year, discussions focused in particular on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the three agencies in 2023, aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the organizations’ contribution to food security and nutrition. , in particular to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 2. The case study relating to this point was devoted to the Joint Program for the Sahel.

Other items concern the joint operational update on humanitarian assistance in Gaza, Haiti and Sudan, and international cooperation to follow up on the outcome of the UN Food Systems Summit +2 and the contributions of three UN agencies to other global processes.

Speaking in his capacity as Chairman of the WFP Board of Directors, Mr Balla highlighted the importance of collaboration between Rome-based agencies to combat increasing levels of hunger across the world, exacerbated by conflict, climate shocks and multidimensional crises.

He recalled, in this regard, that joint efforts are essential to provide effective humanitarian aid in hard-hit regions such as Gaza, Haiti and Sudan.

The ambassador also noted the importance of using diplomatic solutions to support mediation aimed at resolving conflicts, calling for fluid and sustainable humanitarian access to transport food aid to difficult-to-reach places.

Mr. Balla further highlighted the successes of initiatives such as the School Meals Coalition, having mobilized significant funding to feed millions more children. In this regard, he called for combined efforts to strengthen international cooperation and meet the challenges of the fight against hunger.

During this session, which was marked by the participation of the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed, and the Director-General of the FAO, Qu Dongyu, as well as the Executive Director of the WFP, Cindy McCain, the diplomat urged the three agencies to make their contributions to the High-Level Political Forum and the Future Summit, which will be held soon in New York, as well as to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, which will take place in the coming months.

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