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FAO Director-General meets Thailand's Minister of Public Health

“Nutrition is an essential part of human development.” – H. E. Rajata Rajatanavin

20 November 2014, Rome -- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Thailand’s Minister for Public Health, H. E. Rajata Rajatanavin, who is in Rome to attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) taking place this week.

The ICN2 is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Throughout a lifetime, nourishment is important,” he expressed to the Director-General, echoing concerns shared by FAO about the need to focus on the various forms and intricate consequences of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies during the different stages of the life cycle.

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.

FAO’s Commitment to Thailand

Graziano da Silva valued the meeting today with Thailand’s Minister of Public Health and reflected on the ongoing united efforts between FAO and the country to bring food and nutrition security to those in need.

The Minister shared his gratitude for the work of FAO highlighting areas of collaboration, including crisis management due to natural disasters, research and strong knowledge sharing. “The Thai Government and FAO have cooperated in promoting good agriculture for our farmers,” he said. 

Graziano da Silva expressed his commitment to working with the Government of Thailand and confirmed his support for the country’s initiatives and programmes to build resilience. 

Upcoming first official World Soil Day and the launch of International Year of Soils 2015

The Minister expressed his personal appreciations the Director General and FAO’s central role in the adoption of World Soil Day (5 December) and International Year of Soils 2015. The Director-General commended the leadership displayed by Thailand in placing a spotlight on the International Year of Soils 2015.

Led by FAO, the celebration of World Soil Day and the launch of the International Year of Soils 2015 will coincide with the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who has dedicated strong efforts to promote and raise awareness of the importance of soils towards agriculture development, nutrition and food security.

Three events are scheduled to take place in Rome (led by FAO), New York (led by FAO) and Bangkok (Led by Thailand government) in order to celebrate the first World Soil Day on 5 December 2014