145th Governing Board Meeting
Videoconference, 2 July 2020
After opening the meeting by welcoming the 13 Delegates representing the 13 Member States, Mr Mohammed SADIKI (President of the Governing Board) commended the efforts made by the Secretary-General and the Directors of the 4 Institutes of the CIHEAM for their crisis management of the situation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Proactivity and Efficiency
The Delegations welcomed the mobilisation of the Secretary-General and the Directors to guarantee the continuity of service as much as possible throughout the pandemic lockdown period, by implementing preventive measures to minimise contamination risks and protect students, staff and visitors and by setting up a new corporate group devoted to the COVID-19.
The Governing Board also welcomed the mobilisation of the Directors and teaching staff of the Institutes to provide remote courses during the lockdown and to keep in touch with the students of the CIHEAM.
“In the situation of the COVID-19 crisis, the CIHEAM defends agricultural cooperation and Mediterranean multilateral dialogue even more than ever”
He congratulated the CIHEAM for having maintained and even strengthened the dynamics of work despite the pandemic through the corporate thematic working groups focusing on the following fundamental fields:
- Socioeconomic empowerment and inclusion of women and youth;
- Sustainable food systems;
- Sustainable management of coastal areas and fisheries.
The COVID-19 crisis has particularly revealed the strategic dimension of these priority areas of cooperation and development, that will be the subject of enhanced partnerships with International and Regional Organisations. In this respect, the Delegations of the CIHEAM Member States reaffirmed their support to the Multi-stakeholder Platform on Sustainable Food Systems, a project led by the CIHEAM, the FAO and the UfM in the framework of the UN initiative “One Planet Network” and in view of the “2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit”.
Algeria joins the Steering Committee
Lastly, on the occasion of the 145th Governing Board meeting of the CIHEAM, the Delegate of Algeria, Mr Farid HAROUADI was appointed Vice-President. He, therefore, joined the Steering Committee of the Governing Board composed of the President, Mr Mohammed SADIKI, and the Vice-Presidents Mrs Valérie BADUEL (France), Mr Teodoro MIANO (Italy) and Mr Charalambos KASIMIS (Greece).