The MDGs grew out of the Millennium Summit held five years ago at the UN General Assembly, and included goals set by a number of earlier summits including FAO's 1996 World Food Summit. The eight goals were to provide an agenda for action toward reducing hunger and poverty in the world. However, progress to date on most of the goals has been disappointing.
Internal review leads FAO to more targeted approach
FAO held an internal review on the MDGs, which concluded that the Organization's work is well aligned to support the member countries in their efforts to meet the goals, but that a more targeted approach was necessary if the goals were to be met on time.
The proposed FAO strategy would focus action in four specific areas:
- advocacy and support to the MDG initiative;
- better targeting of FAO's programmes;
- pursuit of strategic alliances and partnerships
- strategic support to country-level cooperation.
FAO will seek to reinforce existing partnerships and create new ones based on common objectives and concrete programmes of action. It will actively support the drive for greater harmonization and alignment of UN assistance in order to reduce burdens on national governments, according to the paper. FAO will also seek closer relationships within countries with civil society and other non-governmental organizations concerned with agriculture, rural development, food security and sustainable management of national resources.
Priorities for national development strategies
FAO will develop flexible medium-term priority frameworks for cooperation, agreed with individual governments, to identify priorities for support in the context of national development strategies.
FAO said it will refine its criteria for intervention, taking into account the needs of countries at different levels of development and its own comparative advantage and take concrete action to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of its decentralized structure in line with the decisions of its governing bodies.
Finally, FAO said it is "committed to making changes that may be necessary and to do so has embarked on a process of critically reexamining the way it is organized and structures, its methods o working and its role within the UN system."
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