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FAO Director-General meets with the Vice Minister of Agriculture of The Netherlands

“I hope the Second International Conference on Nutrition action programme is implemented as soon as possible” - Hoogeveen

FAO Director-General and The Netherlands' Vice Minister for Agriculture

7 November 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the Vice Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands, Hans Hoogeveen.  

“I hope this will be a very successful conference and that the action programme that hopefully will be approved is implemented as soon as possible, because we need not only food security, but also good nutrition,” Vice Minister Hoogeveen said regarding the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to be held at FAO headquarters in Rome (November 19-21).

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document, and the Framework for Action: a technical guide for implementation.

Climate-smart agriculture

Da Silva and Hoogeveen discussed the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), launched in September in New York.

The Vice Minister noted the “leading role” FAO is taking in the Alliance, which resembles a new effort to promote greater international engagement on ways to transform agriculture in the face of climate change.

The announcement of this global movement for action during the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York, demonstrates collaboration among nations, academia, farmers organizations, industry leaders and civil society.

Blue Growth

Talks between both principals also touched upon the action plan approved at Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, held at The Hague in April 2014. “We need to deliver action on the ground to help local fisheries,” the Minister said.