Call of interest to Civil Society Organizations to participate in the CSO Consultation prior to the FAO's 30th Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia (ERC)

Antalya, Turkey
2nd - 3rd May, 2016

22 February, 2016

Dear Organisations,

We are pleased to inform Civil Society Organisations of the upcoming CSO Regional Consultation to be held on 2nd and 3rd May, 2016, prior to the FAO's 30th Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia (ERC) in Antalya, Turkey.

The FAO's 30th Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia will focus on the following main topics:

For more information, please see http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/erc30/en/

The Civil Society Consultation agenda will be to prepare CSO input in relation to the items of the FAO European Regional Conference. During the Consultation, representatives will also discuss means to best facilitate meaningful FAO civil society cooperation on a national level in Europe and Central Asia within the regional initiative framework.

In order to ensure the balanced participation of different groups, regions and sectors, a strict quota system will be applied. Priority for participation and use of funds will be given to representatives from across different constituencies (smallholder farmers, landless agricultural workers, fishers and fish workers, pastoralists and herders, forest dwellers, ethnic minorities and indigenous people, urban poor, consumers, NGOs, women and youth) along with geographic and other gender considerations.

Working languages of the meetings will be English, French, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Please circulate this call for interest and information within your networks.

If you would like to be considered to participate in the regional CSO Consultation, please contact Olcay Bingol on behalf of the Steering Committee ([email protected]) by 31th March, 2016.

Best regards,



Steering Committee of the FAO Regional CSO Consultation:
Svetlana Boincean, IUF
Andrea Ferrante, European Coordination Via Campesina
Jyoti Fernandes, Nyeleni Europe
Polina Shulbaeva, Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North
Duygu Kasdogan, Ciftci SEN
Elene Shatberashvili, Biological Farming Association ELKANA


  Draft Agenda* for NGOs/CSO Consultation at the FAO’s 30th Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia

  List of Documents

  Information Note

  Draft Concept Note