30 October 2009 - NATO Parliamentarians Discuss Food Security, Global Economic Recession and Transatlantic Technological Cooperation in Italy
Managing the next phase of the global financial crisis, coping with a serious food crisis, and devising new strategic and technical approaches to future security challenges were among the topics a delegation of 26 members of parliament from NATO member states addressed during a visit to Rome, Milan and La Spezia organized by the Italian Senate.
From 19-23 October members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Sub‑Committees on Transatlantic Economic Relations (ESCTER) and Energy and Environmental Security (STCEES) met with a range of political leaders, officials from international organizations and experts including the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Treasury Standing Committee, experts from the NATO Defence College (NDC), key officials at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and professors at Bocconi University in Milan. The delegation also visited the European Space Agency (ESA), Italy’s premier defence company Finmeccanica, the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) in La Spezia and the La Spezia Port Authority, and they met with leaders of the Universal Exposition which will be held in Milan in 2015.
Ms. Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the WFP, explored the tight link between food security and stability and the vital mission the WFP plays in feeding millions of people every day - operations that are funded on a voluntary basis. The goal this year is to feed 100 million people, but funding shortfalls arising out of the global financial crisis could render this goal elusive. Sheeran discussed the vital role that the WFP is playing in
In meetings in
During discussions at the