Sustainable Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working with the international community for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

These eight goals are based on the United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed by world leaders in September 2000. The MDGs commit the international community to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

"We are the first generation that can end hunger, which has plagued humanity since the birth of civilization. Let's seize this opportunity."

- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Rome, June 2013

FAO’s vision is of a world free of hunger and malnutrition for present and future generations, where agriculture contributes to improving the living standards of all in an environmentally sustainable way.

In keeping with its mandate and expertise, FAO’s main contribution is to Goal 1, which combines the reduction of poverty with that of hunger. The Organization also makes a significant contribution to Goal 7 of ensuring environmental sustainability. It directs resources towards achieving Goal 3 of promoting gender equality and empowering women and to Goal 8 for the global partnership for development. In addition, FAO’s work of reducing hunger and malnutrition has important indirect effects on goals covering primary education (Goal 2), child mortality (Goal 4), maternal health (Goal 5), and combating diseases (Goal 6).

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