Report of the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region - Thirtieth Session & Thirty Fourth Executive Committee Meeting

Introduction

  1. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) invited member countries of the Commission: Bahrain; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Iraq Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; Syria; United Arab Emirates and Yemen, to attend the Thirtieth Session of the Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 19–24 February 2017.

Invitations were also addressed to the Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO); the Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia (SWAC); the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA), Republic of South of Sudan, Islamic Development Bank (IDB); the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC); League of Arab States and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Opening Session and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Commission

  1. On 19th February under the auspices of H.E. Dr Fuad bin Jaafar Al-Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman, the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Commission and its 30th Session was opened, in the presence of Mr Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Dr Ahmed bin Nasser Al-Bakri, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, a number of Ambassadors of member countries to the Sultanate of Oman, Representatives of member countries in the Commission, consultants and Heads of Departments at the Ministry.

  2. The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region comprised of speeches by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Abdessalam OuldAhmed (FAO), the Executive Secretary of the Commission Mr Mamoon Alsarai Alalawi, followed by a documentary film on the achievement of the Commission during the past fifty years in service of the member countries. A presentation on the book commemorating this occasion, prepared in English and Arabic, was provided. A trophy produced specially for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary was presented to the member countries, the Commissions, sister organizations, donors, consultants and the former Secretary of the Commission.

  3. The 30th Session of the Commission took place during the period 20-24 February 2017, with the presence of delegates of member countries: Bahrain; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; Syria and United Arab Emirates; Team Leader of the Locusts and Transboundary Plant Pests and Diseases Group at FAO headquarters; Secretaries of the Commissions for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western and South West Asia Regions; Director of the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa and a Senior representative from USAID and a number of consultants and observers. Yemen could not participate (Appendix 1).