++ F O R T H C O M I N G + 2017 ++

+++ First Regular Session of the WFP Executive Board - Germany invites to Side Event +++

Rome, 20 - 23 February 2017 - On the occasion of the First Regular Session of the WFP Executive Board, a special side event hosted by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany will take place on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 from 13:00 – 14:30 in the WFP Headquarter Forum in Rome.

Former Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo new IFAD president

Rome, 14 - 15 February 2017 - Former Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo was elected president of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) by the Governing Council. His election comes at a time when many developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya included, are experiencing food shortage due to climate change effects.

Humanitarian assistance for Sahel

New contribution record

Germany’s support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached an all-time record in 2016 of €791.5 million. Of this amount, the largest single contribution ever to a WFP operation – €570 million – went to Syria and neighbouring countries, helping to restore food assistance to nearly six million of the most vulnerable people in this region last year.   In addition, the German Government boosted WFP preparedness, resilience, nutrition and innovation programmes through increased multi-year investments.

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German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit

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GFFA & Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference 2017: Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World

The GFFA 2017 was held on the subject: "Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World” in Berlin from 19 – 21 January 2017. Water is life. Approximately 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered in water. However, only around one percent of this water is freely available as freshwater and able to be used by mankind. Over the last 50 years, water consumption has roughly tripled. Increasing water scarcity is being accompanied in affected regions by increased competition over water usage, which in turn is also putting political stability and economic and social development at risk.

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.

Further information is available on the following webpages:

Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken

Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken has been the Permanent Representative of Germany to FAO since August 2015.

Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

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Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.