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28/11/2014 - 07:00hs

Egyptian to speak at conference in Manaus

Amr Farouk is speaking at a panel on food security at an international science meeting designed to discuss poverty eradication and sustainable development next week.

São Paulo – Egypt’s Amr Farouk will be one of the speakers at the International Conference on Science for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development: A Call to Action, due from December 3rd to 5th in Manaus, Amazonas. Scientists from around the world and from Brazil will attend.

The object of the conference is to raise awareness of scientists worldwide to involve the scientific communities of their countries in the post-2015 development agenda.

The United Nations (UN) member countries committed to addressing extreme poverty and other global issues via eight targets, dubbed the Millennium Development Goals, which were set 14 years ago. New goals are being outlined for after 2015, under the moniker Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting in Manaus is organized by Brazil’s National Medical Academy and the Poverty Eradication Committee of the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP), in partnership with other local and international organizations, such as the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

The conference will take place at the headquarters of Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and will be attended primarily by scientists and researchers. Debates will be held over the course of three days with speakers from countries such as Venezuela, China, Germany, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Japan, South Africa, India, Ethiopia, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil.

Amr Farouk, from Egypt, will speak in the panel Science for food security: tackling the challenge of feeding the world, also featuring Venezuela’s Claudio Bifano, the INPA’s Charles Clement, China’s Linxiu Zhang, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Alan Bojanic, and Germany’s Joachim Schieman.

Farouk has represented his country at various national and international organizations and was the minister counsellor to Egypt’s Ministry of Scientific Research in 2008. He was also head of cabinet of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), where he devised several strategies for agricultural cooperation in Africa, among other activities.

In addition to food security, the conference will address access to water and healthcare, social and economic policies, poverty eradication and sustainable development. The panel on food security will take place on the first day of the event, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, after the opening ceremony.

IAP International Conference
Science for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development: A Call to Action
December 3rd to 5th, 2014
At the National Institute for Amazonian Research (Inpa)
Av. André Araújo, 2.936 – Manaus - Amazonas
Additional information: http://www.abc.org.br/article.php3?id_article=3713

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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