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Ministers of Water and Forests, Agriculture are key participants in Forestry Conference

13 May 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Gabriel Tchango, Gabon’s Minister for Water and Forests, on the same day that FAO began a week-long International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, the first of its kind. The Gabonese Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Célestine Oguewa Ba, was also present for the bilateral discussions following the opening session of the Conference. 

The Director-General

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

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UNEP and FAO team up to promote synergies between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in two-week chemicals and waste meeting

11 May 2013, Geneva - The three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste safety at the global level concluded their first ever jointly held meetings of the parties late Friday night in Geneva. The historic meeting, attended by nearly two thousand participants from 170 countries, as well as 80 Ministers, adopted 50 separate decisions aimed at strengthening protection against hazardous chemicals and waste.

The three legally

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8 May 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Nikolay Prisyazhnyuk, Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food to discuss the further strengthening of the already excellent collaboration with the country. 

The Director-General expressed his appreciation for Ukraine’s role in the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), a G20 initiative to enhance food market transparency and encourage coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty, the secretariat of which is hosted by FAO. 

The Minister highlighted the important role and potential of Ukraine,

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7 May 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva warmly welcomed an Indonesian delegation to FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy today.  

Helmy F. Zaini, Minister for the Development of Disadvantaged Regions, Republic of Indonesia, and the Director-General discussed the importance of a ‘blue economy’ and the priority FAO has placed on fisheries and aquaculture in several regions.

“Efforts to end hunger and fight