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African Union Champion for Nutrition joins international efforts against malnutrition

1 December 2016, Rome - King Letsie III of Lesotho was today appointed as FAO’s newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition by the Organization’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

The announcement was made at the high-level International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition (1-2 December), held to explore country-level challenges and successes in the nutritional reshaping of food production, processing, marketing and retail systems. Malnutrition

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25 November 2016, Gödöllő, Hungary – In the course of his visit to Hungary this week, Szent István University of Gödöllő awarded FAO Director-General with an honorary degree.

The Doctor Honoris Causa title was conferred by the university for, in the words of Rector János Tőzsér, Graziano’s “longstanding and excellent work in the field of agricultural and rural development, and for his efforts in fighting global food insecurity.”

The rector

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24 November 2016, Budapest, HungaryThe Director-General met today with Hungarian Minister for Agriculture Sandor Fazekas, on the margins of the Regional Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Europe and Central Asia.

The Minister and the Director-General agreed to initiate working-level discussions on strengthening FAO-Hungary partnership cooperation in the next five years. Under the previous arrangement of 2007, Hungary provided support to FAO work

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Swift action and massive education push needed to put humanity on path to sustainability

23 November 2016, Rome - UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson of Fiji met with the FAO Director General today to discuss implementation of the internationally-agreed 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Thomson later outlined his vision for achieving progress on the global goals during an informal event at FAO headquarters during which he placed emphasis on the role of young people in keeping humanity from plunging into the “precipice of

21 November 2016, Marrakech - As a special guest of Moroccan Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and a great champion of education, one of the highlights of the Director-General's participation at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, was a visit to an elementary school.

The Director-General was greeted