World Food Day ceremony, 17 October, 10-12h, FAO, Plenary Hall
17 October 2011, Rome, Italy - Programme for the Ceremony of World Food Day

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP) will celebrate World Food Day 2011 on Monday October 17 at FAO's Rome headquarters with a series of speeches by visiting guests and performances by celebrity goodwill ambassadors.

The theme for World Food Day 2011 is Food prices – from crisis to stability.

A number of high-level dignitaries will make statements during this year’s ceremony, which also marks the 60th anniversary of the transfer of FAO to Rome. They include:

Ÿ Diosdade Sergio Osa Mongomo, Special Envoy of the President of the Equatorial Guinea and President of the African Union delivering the keynote address on behalf of His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (keynote address)
Ÿ Michelle Bachelet, former President of the Republic of Chile and current UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women
Ÿ Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ÿ Francesco Saverio Romano, Italian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies
Ÿ Gianni Alemanno, Mayor of Rome
Ÿ Archbishop Luigi Travaglino, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to FAO will read a message from Pope Benedict XVI

The heads of the three Rome-based UN food agencies will also speak:
Ÿ Jacques Diouf, Director-General, FAO
Ÿ Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, IFAD
Ÿ Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, WFP

American jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater, Italian singer and actor Massimo Ranieri, Senegalese griot musician Badara Seck, and Brazilian classical guitarist Marcus Vinicius will perform during the ceremonies. FAO will also name British film star Jeremy Irons as its newest celebrity goodwill ambassador.

High-quality photographic coverage of the event will be available online at: bit.ly/oWERQN

Additional WFD 2011-related events include the 6th edition of the Run for Food on 16 October at the Terme de Caracalla Stadium. A round table “Roma in Contra” will take place at the Ara Pacis on 17 October at 17:00h with the heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP, Minister Frattini and Mr. Alemanno, with a focus on food security and the Horn of Africa.

Full list of World Food Week events: bit.ly/ru5QjL
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