Tackling unprecedented levels of hunger - Global leaders to accelerate action at IFAD’s 46th Governing Council

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Tackling unprecedented levels of hunger - Global leaders to accelerate action at IFAD’s 46th Governing Council

When: 14-15 February, 2023

What: As the world faces the largest food crisis in modern history, global leaders including Heads of state, government ministers, and representatives of youth and indigenous peoples, will gather in Rome to participate in the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The main focus of the event will be to renew commitments to ending hunger by 2030, and agree upon ways to accelerate action for global food security.

The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, will be among the high-level speakers on day one, taking part in the opening session as well as in a press conference with the President of IFAD. During the two-day event, IFAD will also launch its 13th replenishment, mobilizing funds for the poorest and most disenfranchised people around the world.


  • Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal  Republic of Somalia
  • QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation
  • David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (via video)
  • Sabrina Dowhre Elba, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for IFAD (via video)
  • Elizabeth Wathuti, Green Climate Fund Youth Champion
  • Cristina Duarte, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General
  • Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister for International Cooperation, Egypt.
  • Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund 

Where: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome

Special highlight - PRESS CONFERENCE (join in person or virtually)

When: 14 February, 11 a.m., following the inaugural session

What: Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia, and Alvaro Lario, IFAD President, will share latest news and recommendations on the country’s food security situation and the urgent need for increased investment in resilience building, climate adaptation and rural development to tackle growing hunger and the unfolding multidimensional food security crisis.


  • In person at the Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO headquarters
  • A link to the webcast will also be available to accredited journalists outside Rome

Accreditation to the Governing Council and the press conference

Deadline to request accreditation is 17.00 (CET) on Sunday 12 February 2023.

Please send:

  • a copy of a valid press card or letter of assignment on company stationery;
  • a copy of a valid ID (passport, identity card);
  • email to  ifadnewsroom@ifad.org and include "Press Accreditation" in the subject line.
  • state your preference for in person or online participation.

Please have all ID materials with you to gain access to FAO premises.

For more information about the accreditation process: ifadnewsroom@ifad.org.

For more information about the IFAD 46th Governing Council: c.chaumont@ifad.org | Mobile: +393496620155

IFAD Media Advisory MA/01/2023

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