The FAO Regional Conference is held every two years and is the highest governing body and forum of the Organization in the region. However, starting in 2012, the Conference will be more important than ever.
Why? Starting in 2012, the priorities set by the countries will be officially included on the agenda of the technical and political governing bodies of FAO worldwide.
Regional conferences will no longer only be technical and advisory in nature, but will establish themes that will guide FAO actions worldwide.
What does this mean for the region? This means that the themes and priorities established by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for the development of agriculture and the fight against hunger will go directly to the Council and the FAO Conference as part of their official agenda.
The regional priorities will also have an important role in the FAO Program and Finance Committees, whose mission will be to include them in the organization's programmes and to ensure they are reflected in the results of FAO actions.
Starting at the next conference, which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 26 to 30 March 2012, the region's countries may participate directly in the development of policies and programmes to ensure agricultural development and combat world hunger.
The 33 FAO member countries met in Panama in 2010 and established four priorities for the biennium 2010-2012.