FAO’s José Graziano da Silva [fourth from right] poses with fellow CEB members
November 26: The United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB) concluded its final meeting of 2013 on Tuesday — as FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva’s visit to New York came to an end.
The CEB, which comprises the UN system’s 29 executive heads under the chairmanship of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meets biannually to coordinate the organization’s work. Tuesday’s closed-door discussions focused on the unfolding post-2015 development agenda negotiations, as well as continued global efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
In meetings throughout his five-day visit to UN headquarters, FAO’s Graziano da Silva urged UN system partners and Member States alike to scale-up common efforts to tackle hunger and malnutrition in sustainable fashion.
"We are not talking about sending a man to the moon or something that complicated," he told the Associated Press in an exclusive interview. "We have the technology. We have the expertise. We need the political will."
In addition to the two-day CEB session, the FAO DG’s itinerary included: a private briefing to country representatives from the UN’s “Group of 77” bloc; the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen ties with the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations; launching the 2014 International Year of Family Farming; marking New York’s observance of World Food Day 2013; participating in the UNDG Advisory Group Principals’ meeting; as well as partaking in a series of informal, one-on-one consultations with ambassadors and visiting ministers.
Next on the FAO’s Director-General’s current travels features a stop in Brussels for meetings with European Union institutions.