ECO Secretary General Ambassador Khusrav Noziri participated virtually in the International Conference of Cooperation on Food Security in the context of Climate Change on March 10, 2023, organized jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection of Turkmenistan and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The Secretary General emphasized the necessity to achieve food security and improve nutrition as the heart of the sustainable development goals in his statement. Noting that climate change brings a cascade of risks from physical impacts to ecosystems, agricultural production, food chains and trade, with economic and social impacts on livelihoods, he urged that swift action is required to make agricultural production systems more resilient.
ECO Secretary General further stressed that ECO is committed to the Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger, the accomplishment of which will lead to greater food security, health and welfare. In this regard, ECO Secretariat in cooperation with ECO Regional Coordination Center for Food Security (ECO-RCCFS) and FAO updated the ECO Regional Program for Food Security (ECO-RPFS) in line with the post-pandemic situation and will accordingly move towards the implementation stage aimed at enhancing ECO Member States’ resilience to future shocks.