Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi is set to participate in the First International Food Safety Conference، hosted jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)، the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union (AU) on Tuesday.
The Conference will bring together government leaders، senior policy makers، and representatives from international organizations، civil society and the private sector، to identify key actions and strategies to address current and future challenges to food safety globally and to strengthen commitment at the highest political level to scale up food safety in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Some of the key issues to be addressed include the benefits of investing in safe food; safe and sustainable food systems in the context of a changing climate; science، innovation and digital transformations for food safety; and empowering consumers to make healthy choices and support sustainable food systems، according to the AU official website.
Conference speakers are scheduled also to include President of Rwanda Paul Kagame، Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia، African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat، President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina، FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Heads of state and government، ministers from health، agriculture، trade، environment and other sectors، plus leaders of international organizations، research and academia، civil society and the private sector، are expected to attend.
According to a statement published on the AU’s official website، unsafe food causes an estimated 600 million people to suffer from foodborne diseases each year، at a cost of at least US$100 billion in low- and middle-income countries، over half of which is recorded in just 28 nations.
But efforts to strengthen food safety systems globally are fragmented، despite food safety playing a fundamental role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals، the statement added.