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FAO 26th Regional Conference for Europe, Innsbruck, Austria 26-27 June 2008

Minister Sargent, addresses the 26th FAO Regional Conference

Trevor Sargent TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture, speaking at the 26th FAO regional conference for Europe in Innsbruck, Austria, emphasised the importance of promoting traditional regional agricultural products and food, stating "Ireland sees the promotion of traditional regional agricultural products as an important part of our plan to achieve sustainable rural development and Ireland believes that local food producers and local markets are key to this goal".

Minister Sargent was attending a Ministerial Round Table with other Ministers from the European region, to discuss traditional regional agricultural products and food.

The conference also debated the issue of climate change in the European Region. Speaking on the issue of climate change, Minister Sargent said "Agriculture and forestry industries are increasingly seen as vital part of the solution to the challenge of climate change. While attending the World Organic Congress in Italy last week, strong scientific evidence presented organic farming as a proven way to both adapt to and mitigate the serious reality of climate change effects".

Minister Sargent also referred to the importance of the upcoming reform of FAO and looked forward to the Immediate Action Plan, which will be adopted at a special Conference in November in Rome. He hopes "that some aspects of the reform can be implemented immediately and the remainder of the reform should be implemented in a three or four year period".

26 June, 2008

Note for Editors

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the conditions of rural populations. Since its inception, FAO has worked to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and the pursuit of food security. FAO is one of the largest specialised agencies in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) pay an annual subscription to support the work of FAO, which amounted to €1.5 million in 2008. In addition to the annual subscription DAFF also provides additional extra budgetary funding to support particular FAO activities.

The FAO Regional Conference for Europe is held every two years to discuss the activities of FAO in the European Region. The 26th Regional Conference for Europe is being held in Innsbruck, Austria from 26th to the 27th of June 2008.

Date Released: 26 June 2008