COVID-19 UPDATE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following COVID-19 update.

RBAs COVID-19 Responses - Webinar

Distinguished Representatives,

The three United Nations Rome-based agencies (RBAs) are pleased to invite you to a 2-day Lightning Talks event on Bridging Research and Policy Responses to COVID-19: Value Chain, Food Security, Women, Youth and Vulnerable Groups.

The second webinar will take place on 19 June 2020 at 5 p.m. (CEST).

View the recording of the 12 June 2020 event and read more about the 19 June 2020 event here.

UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Distinguished Representatives,

You are invited to read a letter from the President of IFAD to the United Nations Secretary-General informing of IFAD’s intention to contribute to the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. Please click here to read.

RBA Senior Consultative Group - Follow-up session on COVID-19

Distinguished Representatives,

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following COVID-19 update: https://webapps.ifad.org/members/events/29/05/20/docs/COVID-19-Update-for-Member-States.pdf.

EVENT - IFAD and WEF - Protecting food security during COVID-19

29 May 2020, 19:00-20:00 CEST

On Friday, 29 May, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and IFAD will host a special event and online briefing on food security in times of COVID-19. The event will be led by the leadership from IFAD and the UN Goodwill Ambassadors for IFAD, Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba.

The event will take place at 13:00 New York Time/ 18:00 British Summer Time/ 19:00 Central European Summer Time this Friday, 29 May.

On Friday, view the event live on WEF's platform via this link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/how-is-covid-19-affecting-food-security/ as well as on the IFAD event page here.

EVENT BACKGROUND

The COVID-19 pandemic could see more than a quarter of a billion people suffering from acute hunger by the end of the year, unless swift action is taken to ensure food supply chains keep running.

The arrival of the novel coronavirus has exacerbated what was already a huge global challenge. Before the pandemic, more than 820 million people were suffering from hunger, including 110 million who were living with acute food insecurity.

About 80 per cent of the world’s poorest and most food insecure people live in remote rural areas, many working in small-scale agriculture.

Restrictions on movement and trade mean that they cannot access markets, threatening both their lives and their livelihoods.

Concern is highest for those in countries across Africa and the Middle East as the virus threatens the agricultural and informal trading networks they rely on for survival.

 Panel:

·       Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

·       Sean de Cleene, Head of Future of Food; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum​

·       Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director of IFAD's East and Southern Africa Division

 Joined by:

·       Idris Elba, Actor, Humanitarian and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

·       Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Actress, Model and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

 Moderated by:

·       Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

COVID-19: IFAD’s Response

Distinguished Representatives,

We are pleased to share with you a recent Op-Ed authored by Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Both are IFAD Special Envoys engaged to mobilize support and advocate for greater investment in rural areas.

The Op-Ed may be viewed at the following links [English] and [French].

Highest consideration.

RBA Senior Consultative Group - Special session on COVID-19

Distinguished Representatives,

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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND IFAD’S RESPONSE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following documentation providing details on the impact of COVID-19 on IFAD’s beneficiaries and IFAD’s response. Please click here to read this message in the official languages of the Fund.

  • IFAD’s Strategic Response to COVID-19 Crisis - Contributing to the global response to COVID-19 [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]
  • Preventing the COVID-19 crisis becoming a food crisis - IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

 Please click here to read this text in the official languages of the Fund.

 Highest consideration,

 Office of the Secretary of IFAD

Important communication on forthcoming meetings of IFAD’s governing bodies

Distinguished Representatives,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, measures have been taken in close consultation with the List Convenors to ensure business continuity, while complying with the decrees issued by the Italian authorities and the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

Please be advised therefore that the upcoming formal and informal meetings of IFAD’s governing bodies will be conducted according to the modalities listed in the following hyperlinks: [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish].

Welcome to the IFAD Member States Interactive Platform

This Platform has been designed for the use of representatives of IFAD Member States.

The aim of this Platform is to facilitate the exchange of information and communications between the Fund and its representatives with respect to IFAD governing bodies meetings and other official events.

Through this web application, authorized representatives will be able to:

  • Consult up-to-date information on forthcoming official meetings and events;
  • Receive and consult communications and documentation sent by the Fund on governing bodies meetings;
  • Request pre-registration for specific meetings and provide the names of participating delegates; and
  • Consult contact details of one’s own country’s official representatives maintained by the Fund, and request updating of these details or of IFAD’s official mailing lists for matters relating to governing bodies.

We hope the Platform becomes a useful tool and facilitates the work of IFAD’s governing bodies.

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