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FAO brings food security agenda to UN General Assembly discussions

Director-General in New York to promote importance of partnerships

A view of the United Nations Secretariat building with member states' flags.

23 September 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva is in New York this week for the opening of the 68th UN General Assembly with the message that real change in society – especially the end of hunger – only occurs when many social actors join forces.

In addition to talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and bilateral meetings, the Director-General is expected to participate in the High-level event, “Milleninum Development Goals (MDG) Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact”, hosted by the UN Secretary-General (23 September), the UN Inter-Agency Meeting on Inclusive Finance for Development (23 September), the International Labour Organization High-Level Policy Dialogue side event on the changing nature of employment (23 September), the Special event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (25 September), the MDG Achievement Fund Side Event (25 September), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Partner Forum Ministerial Meeting (26 September) and the High-level Meeting on the Sahel (26 September).

Eradicating hunger

As the world moves towards the 2015 deadline for the MDGs, meeting the MDG hunger target is still possible. According to FAO figures, 40 countries have already met the target while 80 more are on track, with their success due to broad partnerships of men and women from all walks of life.

Beyond 2015, FAO, the UN System, governments and other partners have already embraced even bolder goals, as laid out by the UN Secretary General in the Zero Hunger Challenge.