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Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Global Preparatory Meeting Panel Discussion
Who Feeds the World in 2010 and Beyond: Rural women as Agents of Change and Champions of Global Food Security, 22 April 2010

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) addressed the issues of gender equality, empowerment of women, and development cooperation at its High-level Segment, held from 28 June – 2 July 2010 in New York.

In preparation for these discussions, the Council organized two preparatory meetings on 22 April 2010.  The first session addressed the topic of “Who Feeds the World in 2010 and Beyond: Rural women as Agents of Change and Champions of Global Food Security.” The meeting was  organized by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank, and UNIFEM, in collaboration with, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), and The Hunger Project,.  The event took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on 22 April 2010.

The Global Preparatory Meeting focused on the role of rural women in achieving the Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs), in particular the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  It sought to strengthen the dialogue among Member States and UN system organizations on concrete actions needed to support rural  women’s contribution to reducing poverty, improving food security and the right to food, and promoting economic and social development. Insights and conclusions from this discussion can help to guide the international community in accelerating implementation of existing policy commitments.

To view the ECOSOC President's summary about the ECOSOC Global Preparatory Meeting, go to the ECOSOC GPM site. To view the (archived video) panel discussion, visit the UN webcast at http://www.un.org/webcast/