The 1st Annual GFSP Conference convened at the World Bank Offices in Paris on December 10- 12, 2012, to launch the GFSP, report on progress to date and review future actions. The Conference brought together over 90 participants from some 50 organizations, including US FDA Commissioner Hamburg, EU DG-SANCO Deputy Director General Ladislav Miko, OIE DG Bernard Vallat, WHO Assistant DG Keiji Fukuda, New Zealand Ambassador to France H.E. Rosemary Banks, Consumer Goods Forum MD Jean-Marc Saubade, Grocery Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pam Bailey, senior representatives from Waters Corporation and Mars Inc., USAID, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, and a large number of other international organizations, trade associations, food producers, governments, universities and technical institutions, and the World Bank Group. Video messages were provided by UN Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition David Nabarro and World Bank Vice President Rachel Kyte; the meeting was opened by World Bank Director for Agriculture and Environmental Services Juergen Voegele. The Conference was followed by two days of workshops addressing tools for assessing capacity for food safety systems in developing and middle income countries, development of curricula for undergraduate and graduate programs, and promotion of good agricultural practices on-farm and good aquaculture practices
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