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I. Overall strategic framework

Towards 2015

Current demographic and economic trends and projections up to 2015 - FAO's 70th birthday - indicate the following global context:

National and international action must avert or mitigate some of these trends, particularly with regard to their impact on food security. Political, economic and social systems will be expected to ensure equitable access to food. Agriculture - including fisheries and forestry - will have to meet the needs of growing and increasingly urbanized populations, while at the same time protecting the natural resource base for future generations.

Within this general scenario, several major trends and forces are likely to have a bearing on FAO's work, including:

Members' global goals and FAO's purpose

To face the challenges implicit in these trends, the Strategic Framework defines three global goals of Members, which are consistent with FAO's Constitution and take into account a number of texts agreed at international conferences, in particular the World Food Summit and UNCED:

Goal 1
Access of all people at all times to sufficient nutritionally adequate and safe food, ensuring that the number of undernourished people is reduced by half by no later than 2015.

Goal 2
The continued contribution of sustainable agriculture and rural development, including fisheries and forestry, to economic and social progress and the well-being of all.

Goal 3
The conservation, improvement and sustainable utilization of natural resources, including land, water, forest, fisheries and genetic resources for food and agriculture.

In pursuing these goals, FAO must rely on its strong set of institutional values and maintain a clear sense of its mission as well as a vision of success. Indeed, the Organization's mission and vision are the inspiration for the corporate strategies that make up the Strategic Framework.

FAO's mission and vision statements

Helping to build a food-secure world for
present and future generations

Over the next 15 years, FAO will assist Members in:

  1. reducing food insecurity and rural poverty;
  2. ensuring an enabling policy and regulatory framework for food and agriculture, fisheries and forestry;
  3. securing sustainable increases in the supply and availability of food;
  4. conserving and enhancing the natural resource base; and
  5. generating knowledge of food and agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

Remaining fully responsive to the ideals and requirements of Members, and being recognized for leadership and partnership in helping to build a food-secure world

Over the next 15 years, FAO will be:

  1. a centre of excellence and an authoritative purveyor of knowledge and advice in the sphere of its mandate;
  2. a pre-eminent repository and provider of multidisciplinary capacities and services in the areas of its competence;
  3. an active partner of organizations - within and outside the UN system - that share its goals and values;
  4. a well-managed, efficient and cost-effective institution;
  5. a mobilizer of international will and resources to assist its Members, as well as a responsible manager of the resources entrusted to it; and
  6. an effective communicator and advocate for its own goals and those of its Members.


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