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Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

FAO and SEGIB renew partnership aimed at harnessing parliaments to fight hunger

Graziano da Silva agrees to work with SEGIB to promote prosperous, sustainable and inclusive Ibero-American states

3 October 2017, Rome – FAO and the Ibero-American General Secretariat agreed to intensify their collaboration in helping national parliaments contribute to the battle against hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Director-General José Graziano da Silva and SEGIB Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan today renewed a cooperation agreement set up in 2006. The primary aim of the partnership is to promote joint work aimed at helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG2, which pledges to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”

“We’ll bring FAO’s ideas and proposals on how to fight hunger to parliamentary assemblies” in the region, said Grynspan after meeting with Graziano da Silva. FAO will be given a privileged space in SEGIB’s next Parliamentary Forum, whose conclusions will be brought to the next Iberoamerican intergovernmental conference, she added.

FAO and SEGIB agreed to develop a working plan ahead of the next conference to be held in Antigua, Guatemala, in December 2018 with the guiding principle of fostering a “prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Iberoamerica.’

The joint work will focus on three primary areas: bolstering collaboration on legislative work aimed at eradicating hunger; South-South Cooperation in the fields of agriculture and nutrition, with a special emphasis on healthy diets; and strengthening collaboration between member states in areas of mutual interest.

SEGIB’s members include 19 Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Latin American countries along with Andorra, Portugal and Spain. FAO has the status consulting observer to the conference, attended by heads of state and government.