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UNEP and FAO to work together under new agreement

24 September 2014, New York – In a world where increasing urbanization, rising populations, and expanding agricultural land use are encroaching on ecosystems and impacting on biodiversity, two United Nations agencies have come together to work for a more sustainable future.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that builds on the two agencies’ past collaborations and

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FAO Director-General addresses UN Climate Change Summit
23 September 2014, New York - Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said here today in a speech at the UN Climate Summit.

"We cannot call development sustainable while hunger still robs over 800 million people of the opportunity
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Talks focus on Post 2015 development agenda

22 September 2014, New York - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva paid a courtesy call to Sam Kahamba Kutesa, who was elected President of the United Nations General
Assembly’s sixty-ninth session on 11 June 2014.

Kutesa was serving as Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister when he got elected as the General Assembly President.

During the meeting, the President praised the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for its

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FAO Director-General meets Japan’s vice-minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

19 September 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Japan’s Vice-minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Hidemichi Sato, at FAO Headquarters in Rome.

FAO Director-General congratulated the Minister for his recent appointment and reiterated FAO’s availability to continue its cooperation with Japan on issues of common interest.

These include bolstering the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS), an initiative started by FAO in 2002 in order

“It is crucial to manage the ocean’s natural resources in a sustainable way,” minister Sutardjo says

18 September 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Indonesia’s Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, at FAO headquarters in Rome.

The Minister welcomed the fact that “the concept of Blue Growth has rapidly expanded and is helping to develop more sustainable fisheries in the world.”

Indonesia was a pioneer country in promoting the Blue Growth approach, which advocates for major changes in how