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FAO-Nobel Laureates for Food Security and Peace

FAO – Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace
11 May 2016, Rome, Italy (Sheikh Zayed Centre – 10:00am-12:30pm)

FAO Director-General wishes to convene an FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance.  The Alliance will be established in FAO headquarters on 11 May 2016.

Peace helps achieve food security, but it is not enough. Food insecurity and hunger also affect peace. 

The FAO Director-General calls upon the Nobel Peace Laureates to join efforts to make sure that hunger will not ignite further conflict and that, if conflict happens, the food systems in place are more resilient and have a greater chance of enduring. More than ever, FAO wants to work with all actors to overcome the multiple and interconnected challenges we face.

"Where food security can be a force for stability, we have to look to food and agriculture as pathways to peace and security. This is a great challenge, but one that we can meet together as we embark on achieving the 2030 Development Agenda."

José Graziano da Silva

New York, 29 March 2016
United Nations Security Council, Arria-formula Meeting on Food Security, Nutrition and Peace

  • As the founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his ground-breaking work in the use of microcredit and microfinance to build economic and social development in poorer countries.
    Alliance member
  • Former President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias Sánchez was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his tireless efforts to end the civil wars that plagued Central America at the time. His peace plan was approved by Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
    Alliance member
  • Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni women’s rights activist and advocate for peace. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work in the non-violent struggle for the safety of women.
    Alliance member
  • 1976 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Betty Williams is a Northern Irish activist for peace. Together with fellow recipient Mairead Corrigan, she founded the Community of Peace People to campaign against violence and discord between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.
    Alliance member
  • While serving as President of South Africa during apartheid, Frederik Willem de Klerk earned the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end racial segregation. He worked closely with Nelson Mandela, whom he also released from imprisonment, to build peace and equality in the country.
  • Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the United Nations itself. He and the global organization were lauded for their efforts to foster cooperation between states and build peace across the world.