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The Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals

FAO’s 14 themes in support of sustainable development

FAO believes that food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges the world faces in building a sustainable future.

Member States have helped FAO identify 14 thematic areas to its work in contributing technical knowledge to support the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The themes are based on the Organization’s global goals – the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty; and the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, and are closely linked to FAO’s five strategic objectives.

View the full package: Issue papers for FAO's 14 themes.

Five of the themes centre on social and economic issues such as poverty eradication and social protection with the remaining nine themes strongly related to natural resource management.

Based on its expertise in these 14 themes, FAO co-led the preparation of inter-agency issues briefs on sustainable agriculture (with IFAD) and food security and nutrition (with WFP and IFAD) at the 3rd OWG in May 2013, and, together with UNEP, co-led the preparation of issues briefs on oceans and seas, forests and biodiversity at the 8th OWG in February 2014.

FAO co-led technical inputs in three of the 17 SDGs proposed by the OWG: food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture (together with IFAD and WFP); marine resources, oceans and seas; and ecosystems and biodiversity, while contributing expertise to a number of other focus areas.

FAO also helped prepare issues briefs on: water and sanitation; drought, land degradation and desertification; employment and decent work, social protection, youth; health; inclusive economic growth; macro-economic policy, trade; energy; means of implementation; needs of countries in special situations; human rights; global governance; sustainable production and consumption, climate change, disaster risk reduction; gender equality.