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Ending hunger integral to sustainable development efforts, DG tells UN ECOSOC


FAO DG José Graziano da Silva addresses ECOSOC via video-link

13 May 2013, New York, USA - Sustainable development efforts will amount to little if there is no continued progress on global food security and nutrition, declared FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a keynote speech to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. “Last June’sRio+Conference made a clear link between food security and the future we want,” remarked Dr. Da Silva via video-link. “We cannot have truly sustainable development unless we eradicate hunger and malnutrition.” 

Monday’s ECOSOC meeting inNew York— “Achieving sustainable development: Integrating the social, economic and environmental dimensions” — comes as negotiations intensify on the UN’s future development agenda. Later this month for example, the Secretary-General’s post-2015 High-level Panel will submit its report to him with much anticipated recommendations on the new development agenda. 

Calls for greater international policy coordination echoed loudly during the discussions. Indeed both the UN’s High-level Task Force on Global Food Security and the Rome-based Committee on World Food Security already are good mechanisms for scaling-up such cooperation, argued the FAO DG. By better pooling know-how, capital, and other resources, “together we can build the future we want,” he added. 

The day-long ECOSOC session, which spotlighted sustainable agriculture and energy challenges, featured lively debate by prominent UN officials (including UNIDO Director-General Kandeh Yumkella), national ministers, academics, business leaders and NGOs.

Read Graziano da Silva's full statement here.