Our participation at Expo Milano 2015 is guided and coordinated by the three Rome-based agencies of the United Nations: FAO, IFAD, and WFP.  There are another 15 UN agencies that have contributed content to the UN Itinerary.

Below is informaton on the three Rome-based agencies, followed by a breif descripton of the other UN agencies' mandates. By clicking on the "more infomation" link located undeneath each description, you can find out more about their work and how it relates to the Zero Hunger Challenge and sustainable development.   

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO’s vision is that of a world free from hunger and malnutrition where food security and agriculture contribute to improving living standards, especially for the rural poor, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way.
In order to achieve this vision, FAO works with its partners in more than 130 countries worldwide assisting them to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. FAO focuses special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.
Founded in 1945, FAO is an intergovernmental organization with 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union.

IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided nearly US$16.6 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 445 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

WFP - World Food Programme
WFP - World Food Programme

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, it reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.
Born in 1961, WFP it pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. We work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome -- the FAO and the IFAD -- as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.

CBD - Convention on Biological Diversity
CBD - Convention on Biological Diversity

The CBD is a multilateral treaty presented at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was inspired by the world community’s growing commitment to sustainable development. The Convention entered into force on 29 December 1993 and has three main goals: conversation of biological diversity; sustainable us of its components; and fair and equitable sharing arising from genetic resources. The agreement covers all ecosystems, species, and genetic resources. It links traditional conservation efforts to the economic goal of using biological resources sustainably.

ILO - International Labour Organization
ILO - International Labour Organization

The ILO was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, and in 1946 became a specialized agency of the newly formed United Nations. It is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of decent work and the economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. It is the only tripartite UN agency, bringing together governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations.

DOALOS - Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
DOALOS - Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

Within the Office of Legal Affairs, The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) serves as the secretariat of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement. It also assists the General Assembly in its policy-making role in relation to oceans and the law of the sea, among many other functions.

OCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
OCHA's mission is to:
• Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
• Advocate the rights of people in need.
• Promote preparedness and prevention.
• Facilitate sustainable solutions.

HLTF - The Secretary General's High-Level Task force on Global Food Security
HLTF - The Secretary General's High-Level Task force on Global Food Security

“My High-Level Task Force is working to ensure that the UN system, international financial institutions and the World Trade Organization are ready to provide robust and consistent support to countries struggling to cope with food insecurity. This is a long-term effort and it will require a comprehensive push to back solid partnerships, strong strategies and well-financed actions that empower communities to become food secure.” (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks to the Group of Eight Food Security Session, L'Aquila, Italy, 10 July 2009)

UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, was identified as the greatest challenge to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally-binding international agreement linking the environment, development and the promotion of healthy soils. The Convention’s global framework focuses on supporting the development and implementation of national and regional policies, programmes and measures. Within this, the 195 Convention Parties work to alleviate poverty in the drylands, maintain and restore the land’s productivity, and to mitigate the effects of drought.

UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD was established in 1964 as a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly. UNCTAD is the focal point in the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development, and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on sustainable and inclusive development. UNCTAD produces often-innovative analyses that help economic policymakers make informed decisions and promote the macroeconomic policies best suited to ending global economic inequalities and generating people-centred sustainable development. Through direct technical assistance, UNCTAD helps developing countries and countries with economies in transition build the capacities they need to become equitably integrated in the global economy and improve the well-being of their population.

UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Created in 1972, UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP work encompasses:
• Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends
• Developing international and national environmental instruments
• Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO was created in 1945 to respond to the belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. Today, UNESCO's message has never been more important. We must create holistic policies to address the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development. This new thinking on sustainable development reaffirms the founding principles of the Organization.

UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF was unanimously created by the UN General Assembly at is very first session, in December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1953 its mandate was extended indefinitely and expanded to helping children whose lives were at risk in developing countries.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything it does. Together its our partners, it works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICRI - Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNIDO was established in 1966 as an autonomous body within the United Nations. On 21 June 1985 the Constitution of UNIDO as a specialized agency entered into force. The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.
In recent years, UNIDO has assumed an enhanced role in the global development agenda by focusing its activities on poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

UNRIC - United Nations Regional Information Centre
UNRIC - United Nations Regional Information Centre

Since 1 January 2004, the new United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) is Brussels works on spreading the UN message, raising awarenesse and creating understanding of issues relating to the United Nations' objectives. UNRIC serves the Western European Region by providing and disseminating UN information material, reports and documents, press kits, posters, fact sheets and brochures.
Among other activities, UNRIC organizes information projects or campaigns with key partners, including governments, the media, NGOs, education institutions and local authorities.

UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.

UNWTO - World Tourism Organization
WHO - World Health Organization
WHO - World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating agency for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters and shaping the health research agenda. It sets norms and standards, articulates evidence-based policy options, and provides technical support to countries as well as monitoring and assessing health trends. WHO’s Constitution states that its objective "is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health".

WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 188 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it provides free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

WMO - World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

WMO has a membership of 191 Member States and Territories (on 1 January 2013). It originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1873. Established in 1950, WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations in 1951 for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.

Bioversity International
Bioversity International

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. We deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. We work with partners in low-income countries where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.
Bioversity International is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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