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Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

Graziano da Silva meets Norwegian Nobel Institute Director

Exploring closer collaboration

Graziano da Silva and Olav Njølstad at FAO Headquarters in Rome.

4 September 2018, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met the Norwegian Nobel Institute Director, Olav Njølstad, for talks focused on matters of shared interest and to explore pathways for closer collaboration on issues concerning food security, climate change and peace.

In 2016 FAO joined forces with Nobel laureates to tackle the twin problems of hunger and conflict through FAO's Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.

The Alliance includes Argentinian activist and artist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias Sánchez, women's rights promoter Tawakkol Karman, advocate against inter-religious violence Betty Williams, micro-credit creator Muhammad Yunus, former Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, and the former president of South Africa, Frederik Willem de Klerk.

Direct linkage between hunger and conflict

FAO Director-General has repeatedly stressed the role of wars and conflict as drivers of hunger in the world.

Since 2016, FAO, together with the World Food Programme (WFP), regularly submits biannual reports to the UN Security Council on food security in the countries it officially oversees.

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