13-14 February 2018: International leaders gather for IFAD’s annual meeting

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13-14 February 2018: International leaders gather for IFAD’s annual meeting

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Rome, 02 February 2018 – The 41st session of the annual Governing Council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will feature international personalities and heads-of-state who will discuss how investing in sustainable rural livelihoods is central to peacebuilding, state-building and social stability around the world.

The theme of this year's event is From fragility to long-term resilience: investing in sustainable rural economies. Globally, increasing numbers of people are living in contexts, which for different reasons, may be considered to be fragile. The incidence of violent conflict is at an all-time high, which is multiplying the numbers of internally displaced persons and refugees. These realities are undermining the prospects for sustainable development and threatening the livelihoods of billions of rural people. A list of speakers is forthcoming.

press conference will be held at IFAD headquarters on 13 February at 12:30 p.m. immediately following the opening session.

Journalists must accredit by 7 February 2018.

For further information, contact: j.thomas@ifad.org

For more information on IFAD’s work, please visit www.ifad.org

Media Alert No: IFAD/04/2018

IFAD has invested in rural people for 40 years, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$19.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 474 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

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Jessica Thomas

Communication Associate, Communication Division