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UN General Assembly President attends launch of plan addressing nutrition and climate change challenges

Thomson: : "The SIDS Global Action Programme is an important step towards the implementation of the SDGs"

4 July 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed the UN General Assembly President, Peter Thomson, to FAO. 

Thomson was in Rome to attend the launch of a new UN global action programme that seeks to address pressing challenges related to food security, nutrition and the impacts of climate change facing the world's Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Thomson, who is also Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, said at the event that the launch of the programme "represents an important step towards implementation of the (SDG) Sustainable Development Goals targets related to the SIDS for addressing poverty, health, water, sanitation, economic development, inequalities, climate change, and of course the oceans".

Thomson noted that the Global Action Programme stems from the SIDS Acclerated Modalities Of Action (S.A.M.O.A.) Pathway - the outcome of the Third International Conference on SIDS held in Apia, Samoa in 2014, where FAO was invited to develop a global framework for action.

The initiative was developed jointly by FAO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS).

Watch Thomson's remarks at FAO: