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UN Private Sector Focal Points Meeting to Strengthen Local Partnership Synergies
06 Apr 2013

Geneva - FAO participated to the United Nations System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting 2013, “Strengthening Partnership Synergies for Local Impact”, held from 24 to 25 April at the ILO Headquarters, Geneva, organized together with ILO, OCHA, UNDP, UNGC, UNICEF and UNWOMEN.

The meeting brought together experts from a large number of UN agencies and the World Bank as well as business representatives of Multinational Companies and of the Global Compact local network to discuss partnering with extractive industries for local growth, business-led skills development programs, engaging the private sector in preparedness and resilience-building and country-level approaches to implementing global initiatives.

The Meeting convened approximately...

FAO's partnership strategies approved by Council: New focus on working together with civil society and private sector
06 Apr 2013

Rome - FAO's  governing Council today approved two new Strategies aimed at strengthening FAO's partnerships with civil society organizations on the one hand and the private sector on the other. 

The Strategies provide a framework for FAO's work with private and civil society partners in pursuit of the Organization's Strategic Objectives and the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Thanking the Council for its approval, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, "We have repeated many times that it is possible to end hunger only if we work together. These strategies show that we are committed to working with...

Council endorses hunger eradication as FAO’s number one goal
20 Mar 2013

Council met this week to review FAO's work.7 December 2012, Rome - FAO's governing Council ended its week-long meeting by endorsing a change in the Organization's first global goal from merely reducing hunger to its eradication.

"This unequivocal commitment sets our sights where they should be," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. "We cannot accept anything less than the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition."

The Council, which meets every six months to oversee programme and budgetary activities, also endorsed the strategic objectives that will guide FAO's future work.

"The strategic objectives which you have endorsed set us in the right...

New metric to be launched on hunger and food insecurity
20 Mar 2013

13 March 2013, Rome - A new, faster and more precise way of measuring hunger and food insecurity across the world is soon to be field-tested by FAO in several pilot countries.

The new approach relies on gathering information on the extent and severity of hunger from food-insecure people, through a carefully-designed annual survey to be conducted in collaboration with polling specialists Gallup, Inc.

Starting this month, the new approach - known as the Voices of the Hungry project -- will be finalized in collaboration with major experts in the field and tested on a pilot basis in four countries to be...

UN lays foundations for more drought resilient societies
20 Mar 2013

Geneva, 15 March, 2013 – A top-level United Nations conference has, for the first time, laid the foundations for practical and proactive national drought policies to increase resilience to the world’s most destructive natural hazard, which is being aggravated by climate change.

The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy marked the first globally-coordinated attempt to move towards science-based drought disaster risk reduction and break away from piecemeal and costly crisis-response, which often comes too late to avert death, displacement and destruction.

The meeting issued a declaration encouraging governments to develop and implement national drought management policies consistent with their development objectives. It...