Representatives of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand convened the twelfth session of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), a subsidiary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Governing Council gathered in Bangkok on 19 February 2016. The session was chaired by HE Mr. Inia Batikoto Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management of Fiji.
Representatives of Japan, as well as of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) also joined the meeting as observers.
In his message to the session, The Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Mr. Hongjoo Hahm, emphasized the role of CAPSA as a leading regional hub for knowledge-sharing and South-South cooperation, to promote poverty reduction and food security through sustainable agriculture. Mr. Hahm also urged the members of the Governing Council to enhance voluntary contributions to the Centre to enable it to continue its important work for the member States.
The Governing Council expressed appreciation for the progress achieved by CAPSA over the past years and acknowledged the strong relevance of the work of CAPSA to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals. It endorsed the activities and accomplishments of the Centre since the eleventh session of the Council, the 2015 financial statement, the Business Plan framework of the Centre for 2016-2018, and its workplan for 2016. The Council also underscored the need to enhance ownership of CAPSA by Governing Council members as well as other ESCAP member States, and recommended measures to sustain and enhance the long-term funding and operations of CAPSA.