FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa

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1947-11-29 Cairo Egypt


29 Nov 1947, Cairo (Egypt), as FAO Regional Office for the Near East (FAO/RNE), within the framework of B-XB0971 - FAO, at 3rd Session of the FAO Conference. Formal agreement with host government, 17 Aug 1952, approved by FAO in Nov 1952. Transferred temporarily to Rome (Italy) in Jun 1980; returned to original seat in Cairo in 1991. Previously also referred to by acronym as FAO/RNEA.


Assist Member States in raising the levels of nutrition and standards of living of their people, improving the food security, production and distribution of food and agricultural products, and achieving food self-sufficiency, through the implementation of sound and sustainable agricultural and rural development programmes; play an active role in promoting South-South cooperation between the countries of the region through workshops, seminars and conferences at regional and/or (sub)regional and/or national levels; serve as a secretariat for intergovernmental regional bodies; provide a forum for Member States to agree on, discuss and resolve shared problems.


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Regional Conference (NERC) convenes usually at Ministers of Agriculture level, at least every 2 years, in years when FAO General Conference does not meet in full session. Observers from countries outside region are also invited to Conference. Headed by Assistant Director/Regional Representative. Work carried out through Regional Commissions for which RNE serves as secretariat: E-XE2076 - Agricultural and Land and Water Use Commission for the Near East (ALAWUC), including E-XE9590 - Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC); Desert Locust Commission; E-XE4876 - Near East Forestry Commission (NEFC); E-XM0774 - Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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