|Sustainable Development Goals Hinge on Hunger Battle|
FAO media release, Thursday 19 April 2012
19 April 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan - The success of efforts to shift over the longer term to a model of sustainable economic development taking place under the Rio+20 umbrella will require that the world first tackle its "most urgent" challenge -- ending hunger, FAO Director-General Jos? Graziano da Silva said today.
"We cannot call development sustainable if we are leaving almost one in every seven people behind, victims of undernourishment," the FAO chief said at the start of the Organization's biennial regional conference for Europe, taking place this week in Baku, Azerbaijan. "With the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development two months away, we have the opportunity to explore the convergence between the agendas of food security and climate change, choosing the path of a more sustainable and inclusive development model," Graziano da Silva argued.
Specific areas requiring concerted action highlighted by the FAO Director-General included:
A global dialogue
A core part of the Organization's governance structure, the regional conferences convene every two years to discuss policy and priority actions at the regional, subregional and country levels and contribute to shaping FAO's global work-agenda. In an era of increasing austerity in public services, FAO is seeking to target its resources in ways that can make the greatest difference. To that end, it has revitalized the regional conference process in order to seek guidance from member governments and better respond to their needs.