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UNGA President says FAO is well aligned with UN General Assembly priorities

Discussions on migration, links between peace and food security

20 September 2017, New York – In a meeting with the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today in New York, the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, recognized FAO as “well-aligned” with the UN General Assembly priorities, such as migration, sustaining peace and climate change.

Graziano da Silva congratulated Lajčák on his appointment and offered FAO’s support during the term following the successful collaboration with the former PGA, Ambassador Peter Thomson.

They agreed on the importance of focusing on the root causes of migration, such as rural poverty, food insecurity, lack of employment, and vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

The PGA commended FAO for its upcoming role as co-chair of the UN Global Migration Group in 2018, a crucial year during which Member States plan to adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Graziano da Silva underlined FAO’s strategic visions of the links between peace and food security and informed Lajčák about FAO’s corporate framework to support sustainable peace and conflict prevention through protecting livelihoods. The General Assembly is scheduled hold a high-level ministerial meeting on sustainable peace in April 2018.

Referring to The State of Food Security and Nutrition 2017, the benchmark FAO report launched last week, the Director-General informed Lajčák that after steadily declining for over a decade the number of chronically undernourished people in the world was estimated to have increased in 2016 to 815 million, mainly due to conflict and the impact of climate change.

The Director-General also conveyed his support to the resolution on the UN Decade for Family Farming, which is to be discussed by the end of the year by the UN general Assembly. The new President of the General Assembly acknowledged the importance of family farmers for food security and sustainable development.