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RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 18 (TerraViva) As stated in the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and the 1992 Earth Summit, human beings are at the centre of sustainable development.

However, even today, over 900 million people still suffer from hunger. Poor populations worldwide, especially in rural areas, are among those most vulnerable to the food, climate, financial, economic, social and energy crises and threats the world faces

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Governing body supports new strategic planning, decentralization

15 June 2012, Rome - FAO's governing Council has endorsed Director-General José Graziano da Silva's reform proposals to regenerate the Organization by reallocating budgetary savings to strengthen country offices, increase strategic planning capacity and provide resources for interdisciplinary work.

"I feel there is a real engagement of countries and other partners in what is becoming a truly collective process to build a better Organization," Graziano da Silva told the Council's

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FAO advocates for energy-smart food systems during UN Conference on Sustainable Development

14 June 2012, Rome – Agriculture’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels is undermining the sector’s ability to feed the world, perpetuating poverty and undermining efforts to build a more sustainable world economy, FAO said today.

The warning came as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released a study on “energy-smart” food production and use ahead of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, where global energy challenges

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Pontiff focuses on the Horn of Africa and outlook for Rio+20 conference

Rome, June 14, 2012 - The Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, met with Pope Benedict XVI today in a private audience at the Vatican. "Ending hunger makes political, economic and social sense, and is also a moral imperative," Graziano da Silva told the pontiff.

The Director-General called for the "renewed support of the Church in the fight against hunger at the global and local levels, as

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FAO Director-General highlights value of quinoa, South American superfood

Rome, 11 June 2012 - Evo Morales, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, was appointed Special Ambassador to FAO for the International Year of Quinoa, to be observed by the United Nations in 2013.

The ceremony took place today in Rome during the opening of FAO's governing Council. President Morales also held a bilateral meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, and attended a special