Dec 29 2020
December 29, 2020

The First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference

  • 12:00 AM
  • Addis Ababa

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 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), will bring together government leaders, senior policymakers, 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.

Who is Participating?
Conference speakers are scheduled to include the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (incoming African Union chairman), President of Rwanda Paul Kagame (outgoing African Union chairman), 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.

The event is expected to adopt a high-level political statement advocating for increased and better-coordinated collaboration, technical support and investment to improve food safety globally.

Media opportunities:

Accredited journalists can attend all Conference sessions and access the onsite press center.

A press conference will be held on 12 February following the opening session. High-level national and international officials will be taking part.

Besides, interviews can be arranged with officials and experts attending the conference.


The media must be accredited to attend the Conference. The deadline for accreditation is 7 February 2019.

Steps for registration:

1. Click here https://reg.unog.ch/event/28117/ to open registration form (use Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge).
2. Create an INDICO account (if you already have one, you can skip this step).
3. Complete the conference registration form by clicking on Register now.

Please note: you must upload a personal photograph, your passport number, and passport expiry date.

For any queries, contact Paul Garwood garwoodp@who.iont

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More information:

– Conference website: https://www.who.int/food-safety/international-food-safety-conference/
– WHO food safety fact sheet: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/food-safety
– FAO food safety and quality: http://www.fao.org/food-safety/en/

– African Union: Gamal Eldin Ahmed A. Karrar, GamalK@africa-union.org
– FAO: Zoie Jones Zoie.Jones@FAO.org +39 06570 56309 (Rome); Tezeta Hailemeskel Tezeta.Hailemeskel@fao.org (Addis Ababa)
– WHO: Paul Garwood, garwoodp@who.int, +41 796037294; Gregory Hartl, hartlg@who.int, +41 79 203 6715