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President of Azerbaijan calls hunger one of the “greatest curses of the 21st century”

20 April 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan - Countries of Europe and Central Asia today unanimously reaffirmed their commitment to working together to promote sustainable rural development, tackle malnutrition and end hunger. 

Speaking at FAO's Regional Conference for Europe, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev called hunger "one of the greatest curses of the 21st century."

"It is unbelievable that today there are people who die from hunger -- we need

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FAO Regional Conference for Europe discusses regional and global priorities

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 José Graziano da Silva said today.

"We cannot call development sustainable if we are leaving almost one in every seven people behind,

At Conference, FAO DG says we need to end hunger to call development sustainable

19 April 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan – Calling hunger unacceptable, the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, urged the international community to join forces to eradicate what he called the curse of the 21st century.

Aliyev opened the Ministerial Session of the 28th Regional Conference for Europe, taking place in Baku, with the participation of over 45 countries from Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. 

Noting the contribution of agricultural and rural development

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Funding for development assistance to countries from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus

19 April 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan - Estonia has signed an agreement with FAO that for the first time provides voluntary funding to the Organization's development programme.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the Estonian Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder at a ceremony on 18 April, the day before the opening of the Regional Conference for Europe.

It commits Estonia to long-term support for

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The EU and FAO invest in model for hazardous waste management and sustainable crop protection

12 April 2012, Rome - Twelve countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia will start working with the European Union (EU) and FAO to manage their vast stocks of obsolete pesticides in a partnership that was launched at FAO's headquarters in Rome.

It is estimated that around 200 000 tons of obsolete pesticides, nearly half the world's stockpiles, can be found in twelve former Soviet