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UPDATE – Media accreditation note – Press statement by Minister Luigi Di Maio and the FAO Director-General, Qu Dongyu, on the Mediterranean Ministerial Dialogue on the Food Security Crisis – Farnesina, 8 June 2022

On Wednesday, 8 June, the Farnesina will host the first Mediterranean Ministerial Dialogue on the Food Security Crisis. The event will aim to single out concrete measures to tackle the impact of the crisis generated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine on food security in the Mediterranean.

The event will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, and co-chaired by Germany (in the capacity of President of the G7), Turkey (as a Member of the G20), and Lebanon (a Country hard hit by the crisis).

The event will be attended by the FAO Director-General, Qu Dongyu (in person), the competent Ministers of the 24 Countries of the area (in video connection), and the Representatives of the 7 International Organizations concerned. The opening remarks will be streamed on the Farnesina’s YOUTUBE channel.

The initiative, which was proposed by Italy and included in the outreach actions of the G7, will lay the grounds for the discussion on the theme of food security at the G7 Summit next June, assigning a central role to the most affected Countries in the region.

The initiative follows in the wake of the Matera Declaration of June 2021 promoted by the Italian Presidency of the G20, which has become a fundamental document within the framework of food security at global level.

At 10:00 AM, Minister Luigi Di Maio and the FAO Director-General, Qu Dongyu, will make statements to the press.

Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event in person may apply for accreditation by sending an email to accreditamentostampa@esteri.it, including their personal information (tel. 06/3691.3432 – 06/3691.8573).

Considering the space available, a limited number of representatives of the press will be able to access the event. It will be possible for 1 journalist, 1 photographer and/or 1 cameraman per newspaper or agency to apply for accreditation.

Accredited press may access the Farnesina from the main entrance, right side, from 9:15 to 9:40 AM, wearing an FFP2 face mask.

The statements will be streamed on the YOUTUBE channel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

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