IFA Chairman meets with United Nations Secretary General in New York 
and reiterates the fertilizer industry's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals


New York, USA, 25 June 2015 – During a fertilizer industry outreach mission to the United Nations, IFA Chairman and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery was invited to meet the United Nation Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon in a special meeting around the United Nations Global Compact 15th Anniversary. Dr. Jawahery was selected as the representative CEO for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for this historical meeting including the President of Mauritius, Madam Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the President of the General Assembly Mr. Kutesa and two other leading CEOs.

Dr Jawahery, Betty Liu, President Kutesa & Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Dr. Jawahery thanked the Secretary General for his leadership and openness towards promoting partnerships between countries, the United Nations and business and industry. The IFA Chairman relayed the commitment of the global fertilizer industry to sustainable development and to upholding human rights throughout its members’s activities. He stressed that “sourcing raw materials sustainably, producing crop nutrients and ensuring the distribution of products in a manner that is mindful of the environment is core to the fertilizer business and the societal role industry leaders envision for their companies.”

Dr. Jawahery also briefed the Secretary General on IFA’s efforts to towards its 542 members adopting the six Food and Agriculture principles of the Global Compact, as well as the industry’s long-standing commitment to fulfilling the Zero Hunger Challenge. “The fertilizer industry plays a key role in the battle against hunger and malnutrition, providing the nutrients to farmers large and small to help them boost yields to feed a growing population with safe and nutritious food,” added Dr. Jawahery.

His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon commended IFA for its involvement in the post-2015 multilateral process and its relentless, steadfast engagement with the United Nations agencies. “By continuing to work in partnership with other stakeholders especially the research community and civil society towards improving your products and processes, you will help pave the road to dignity for all by 2030.” He was also pleased to hear about the excellence in stewardship and environmental preservation promoted by Dr. Jawahery within his own company, GPIC.

Dr. Jawahery concluded that “the high-level meetings in New York are a testament of the Association members’ commitment and dedication, which have raised the industry’s profile and made this sort of unprecedented engagement with the highest United Nations officials and heads of state possible.”


Notes to Editors

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry, which provides the crop nutrients that allow farmers everywhere to meet the world's growing food, feed, fiber and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training. IFA has some 550 members in about 86 countries. 

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) was established in December 1979 as a joint venture between GCC member states for the manufacture of fertilizers and petrochemicals. GPIC uses natural gas which is readily available in Bahrain as a feedstock for the production of ammonia, urea and methanol. The company employs 490 people of whom 95% are Bahrainis. GPIC has a robust and internationally recognized Safety, Health and Environmental Management System. The company has won many accolades including the Sir George Earle Trophy from RoSPA, UK and the R.W. Campbell Award from the National Safety Council, USA for excellence in HSE management systems.

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