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FAO is one of 32 members of UN-Water, a mechanism which coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues. In August 2018, FAO Land and Water Division Deputy Director Olcay Ünver was appointed Vice-Chair of UN-Water. In this interview he explains what he...
A group of 15 experts from Syria attended a two weeks training to learn more about FAO tools and methodologies to support sustainable natural resources management in their country
“Planning for transition and sustainable development: A group of 15 Syrian experts are in FAO headquarters for a two-weeks training on natural resources assessment,” Eduardo Mansur, Director, CBL, commented referring to the training that came to a close last week. On 3-14 September, Syrian experts from different ministries and organizations,...
Q&A session with FAO RNE's Pasquale Steduto at World Water Week 2018
The Middle East and North Africa is the world's most water-scarce region and the situation is worsening due to the impacts of conflict, climate change and economic downturn. The water crisis threatens the region’s stability as well as its human development and sustainable growth.  Pasquale Steduto is FAO’s Delivery Manager for...
FAO's role in the Global Framework on Water Scarcity to play a key role in FAO activities in Stockholm
Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the World Water Week (WWW) is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world's environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction. This year, it...
Improving the health of the world's soils is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including Zero Hunger and combating climate change and its impacts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today told participants of the World Congress of Soil Science. In a video message to the event, which is being...
12 – 17 August 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) will take place next 12 – 17 August 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the theme “SOIL SCIENCE: Beyond food...
G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers to help build a sustainable food future
The Group of Twenty (G20), the leading forum of the word's major economies, seeks to develop global policies to address today'smost pressing challenges. The G20 countries - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia,...
New report paints a worrying picture, provides recommendations on what can be done
Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policymakers and farmers alike, cautions a new report. In many countries the biggest source of water pollution today is agriculture — not cities or industry — while worldwide, the...
FAO report calls for a more pro-active and long-term planning to become more resilient against droughts
15 June 2018, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region. The agency said in a new report issued today that a more pro-active approach based on...
Afrisoils launched on the margins of Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly
13 June 2018, Rome - The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership launched today a new programme to boost soil productivity and reduce soil degradation for greater food and nutrition security in Africa. The Afrisoils programme aims to increase soil productivity in 47 African countries...