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FAO Director-General meets Norway’s Foreign Affairs Minister

Hunger, sustainable development goals, climate change and conflict focus talks

21 April 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General today met with Norway’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Borge Brende, to discuss the perspectives on the Post-2015 agenda and FAO’s role in the process.

The Minister highlighted “the paramount role of Food and Nutrition" for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the context of growing environmental challenges. He also commended FAO’s institutional reforms undertaken under the leadership of the Director-General, saying they have led to greater efficiency. "FAO is becoming more relevant globally and in the context of the Post-2015 agenda, in particular", - the Minister emphasized.

“There is enough food to feed the world in 2015 and beyond,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva - “The problem is accessibility and the challenge is to adapt production to climate change and managing soils sustainably.”

The two leaders examined the causes behind hunger in developing countries such as conflicts, climate change and global financial crisis. The FAO Director-General emphasized the need to tackle also nutrition challenges in the middle-income and even some developed countries and raised concern over the worldwide increase in obesity rates.

Both sides also discussed the impact of illegal migration on food security, particularly in the Mediterranean region in view of the recent Lampedusa migrants tragedy.