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Information about the technical committees in FAO and the non governmental activities in the first half of 2005

24 mars 2005
Mots-clés:

1. Agenda of most attended meetings for the civil society
2. Introduction to the information on the FAO meetings
3. Information about the meetings

1. Agenda of most attended meetings for the civil society


- 7 to 11 March : Committee on Fisheries (COFI)
- 12 March : Ministerial Meeting on Fisheries (Rome)
- 14 March : Ministerial Meeting on Forests (Rome)
- 15 - 19 March : Committee on Forestry (COFO)
- 10 April : NGO meeting organized by the IPC and the FAO
- 11 - 13 April : Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP)
- 13 - 16 April : Committee on Agriculture (COAG)
- 14 April : Side event during the COAG
- 23-26 May : Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

2. Introduction to the information on the FAO meetings


You will find here after some information about the technical committees meetings and some other meetings that are sheduled in the first half of 2005.
The major part of the information is available on the FAO website, and can be completed by going to the FAO website. The links to acceed on the preparatory documents are given to make it easier for the reader.
In 2005, the means at the disposal of the IPC (International Planning Committee) are again very small and very few civil society representatives (from the Southern countries) can be supported financially for attending the meetings.
In addition to these few representatives from the South, some other organizations will participate, supported by there own organization or by other funders they could find.
So, even without substancial financial means, the IPC will play its role in facilitating the civil society meetings and the relation between civil society and the FAO during the technical committees meetings.

Attention must be drawn, this year more than ever, on the importance of the civil society at the meeting on Commodity Problems (CCP), that is sheduled from 11 to 13 April, just before another important meeting on Agriculture (COAG) (13 - 16 April). For two main reasons :

1) because the discussions on international agriculture trade enter in a crucial phase, in the months before the Ministerial WTO meeting in Hong Kong (december 2005) ;

2) because the FAO will publish in 2005 its SOFA (situation of agriculture in the world) on trade ; and that the IPC will have an opportunity to react (in 3 pages) on the contend of the FAO 2005 SOFA, as a full part of the report.

But the CCP is also important because it will discuss many issues related to the interests of many civil society organizations, such as the supply management and the regulation of international markets. A new world meeting gathering farmers organizations from different continent re insisted on the importance of these issues in january 2005 in Chapeco (Brazil). The text agreed in Chapeco is available on the following adress :
http://dakardeclaration.org/IMG/pdf/Chapeco_ENG.pdf

The CFS, on which we lack actually information, will be particularly important because it was decided in the CFS 2004 that the format of the World Food Summit : ten years later should be discussed, especially how government and civil society representatives should work together (see the Brazilian proposal in the former briefing about 2004).

3. Information about the meetings

1. Committee on Fisheries (COFI)
Rome, 7 - 11 March 2005

Contact for information : ndiaga.gueye@fao.org
For the meeting documents, see :
ftp://ftp.fao.org/FI/DOCUMENT/COFI/COFI_26/default.htm

Ministerial Meeting
A Ministerial Meeting on Fisheries will be held on 12 March.

2. Committee on Forestry (COFO)
Rome, 15 - 19 March 2005

Preparatory documents are available on the FAO website :
http://www.fao.org/unfao/bodies/cofo/cofo17/cofo17_en.htm

Some preparatory documents :
- Issues identified by the Regional Forestry Commissions and the Technical Forestry Bodies for the attention of the Committee on Forestry
- Needs and opportunities for international cooperation in forest fire preparedness
- The role of forests in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals/2005/6
- Review of FAO Programmes in the forestry sector, including follow-up to the requests and recommendations of the Sixteenth Session of the Committee on Forestry and of the Programme Implementation Report (2002-03)
- Decisions of FAO Governing Bodies of interest to the Committee on Forestry
- Objectives for FAO in key cross-cutting areas
- Medium-Term Plan 2006-11 and Preliminary Programme of Work Proposals for 2006-07 : Major Programme 2.4 Forestry
- Forest sector contribution to post-tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation
- Outcome of the XII World Forestry Congress 2003
- Report of the High-level Panel of External Experts on Forestry to the Director-General of the FAO
- History of the Committee on Forestry
- Forests and bioenergy
- San Jose Declaration on Pan-American Cooperation on Wildland Fire Management, 23 October 2004

Ministerial Meeting on Forests
Rome, 14 March 2005.

Some preparatory documents :
- International Cooperation on Forest Fire Management
Maintaining International Commitment to Sustainable Forest Management
- Information note on arrangement for meetig forest sector contribution to post-tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation

Informal meeting for NGOs
The meeting, organized by tha FAO, will be held on Monday, 14 March 2005 from 8.30-9.00 in the India Room (A 327)
Informal meeting for NGOs on COFO and the Ministerial Meeting
Representatives of NGOs are invited to attend an informal meeting with staff of the Forestry Department and the Unit for Cooperation with the Private Sector and NGOs.

3. NGO meeting organized by the IPC and the FAO in preparation of CCP and COAG
Rome, 10 April

4. Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP)
Rome, 11 - 13 April

Preparatory documents are available on the FAO website :
http://www.fao.org/unfao/bodies/ccp/ccp65/ccp65_en.htm

Some preparatory documents :
- Report of the 13th Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Citrus Fruit (Havana, Cuba, 20-23 May 2003)
- Report of the Joint Meeting of the 32nd Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Hard Fibres and the 34th Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres (Salvador, Brazil, 8-11 July 2003)
- Report of the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Bananas and Tropical Fruits (Puerto de la Cruz, Spain, 22-26 March 2004)
- Report of the Fifteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Tea (Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-20 August 2003)
- Report of the Joint Meeting of the 30th Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Grains and the 41st Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Rice (Rome, 10-11 Feb. 2004)
- Report of the 20th Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Meat and Dairy Products (Winnipeg, Canada, 17-20 June 2004)
- Report of the Eighth Session of the Sub-Group on Hides and Skins (Rome, 18-19 December 2003)
- Report of the Joint Meeting of the 33rd Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Hard Fibres and the 35th Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres (Rome, 14-17 December 2004)
- Major developments and issues
- Food security in the context of economic and trade policy reforms : Insights from country experiences
- Issues and actions on national and international commodity market risk management
- Multilateral trade negotiations and food aid
- Report of the Consultative Sub-Committee on Surplus Disposal (CSSD) Fortieth Report to the CCP
- Commodity project formulation, preparation and supervision
- Meetings of Intergovernmental Groups 2003-04 : a Summary of Activities
- Update of latest developments in trade negotiations
- Consultative Subcommittee On Surplus Disposal : Additional Information
- The Cosimo Work Programme at FAO
- Agricultural Policy Indicators
- Impact of OECD agricultural and trade policies on developing countries

5. Committee on Agriculture (COAG)
Rome, 13 - 16 April

Preparatory documents are available on the FAO website :
http://www.fao.org/unfao/bodies/coag/coag19/coag19_en.htm

Some preparatory documents :
- Programme Implementation Report 2002-03
- Medium-Term Plan 2006-2011 and Preliminary Information on Programme of Work Proposals for 2006-07 : Major Programmes 2.1, 2.2 and 2.5
- Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
- FAO’s Strategy for a Safe and Nutritious Food Supply
- The Globalizing Livestock Sector : Impact of Changing Markets
- Bioenergy
- Follow-up to Agenda 21 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
- Preparedness for Nuclear Emergencies
- The International Portal for Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health
- Impact of Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches on Poverty Reduction
- Water Desalination for Agricultural Applications
- Outcome of the International Meeting for the Ten-Year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (Mauritius, 10-14 January 2005) and FAO Follow-up
- The FAO/Netherlands International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems
- Evaluation Reports for the Review of Programmes
- NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) : Integrating Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries into the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme - Brief

Side event during the COAG
The event will be co-organized by the IPC and the FAO on 14 April

6. Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
Rome, 23 - 26 May

The next CFS will be particularly important because it will decide on the Brazilian proposal done in 2004 for a new format for the "World Food Summit Ten Years Later" giving more importance to civil society representatives than in usual CFS sessions.
All preparatory documents are available on the following website :
http://www.fao.org/unfao/bodies/cfs/cfs31/cfs2005_en.htm

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