Global leaders at IFAD’s 46th Governing Council – Accelerating action to tackle unprecedented global levels of hunger

Special Highlight – Press Conference with the President of Somalia and IFAD President


WHEN: 14-15 February, 2023

WHAT: Heads of state; ministers; development, youth and indigenous leaders; and climate activists will discuss and agree upon ways to accelerate action to tackle growing hunger and an unprecedented food crisis at the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

During the two day event, IFAD will launch its 13th replenishment, mobilizing funds for the poorest and most disenfranchised people around the world. IFAD Member States will also decide on Ukraine’s application to join IFAD as a new member.

WHO (check full list):   

  • Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal  Republic of Somalia
  • Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados (via video)
  • 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
  • Giancarlo Giorgetti, Minister of Economy and Finance of the Italian Republic


WHERE: FAO Headquarters, Rome

HOW: Get accredited to attend in person or follow the webcast.



SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT – PRESS CONFERENCE (join in person or virtually)

WHEN: 14 February: 11:00 (CET), 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 opportunities to invest in resilience building, climate adaptation and rural development to tackle growing hunger and the unfolding multidimensional food security crisis.


  • Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO headquarters
  • Online: a link to the webcast will be sent to accredited journalists

Accreditation to the Governing Council and the press conference

Deadline to request accreditation in person 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 [email protected] 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: [email protected]

For more information about the Governing Council:  IFAD 46th GC

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