FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

FAO to assist countries with 2030 global goals, climate change targets

Sustainable agriculture and food systems will play an important role as countries across Europe and Central Asia pursue the new global goals for human society and the planet.

An FAO-organized workshop in Budapest this week is discussing the essential connections between sustainable agriculture and food systems on the one hand, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change on the other.

The workshop brings together specialists in agriculture, forestry, water management, food safety, agrarian policy, labour, the environment and other areas, representing government, research and academia, and nongovernmental organizations.

“FAO’s work in Europe and Central Asia is very relevant to global commitments and priorities, particularly the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,” said Avetik Nersisyan, FAO agriculture officer and one of the workshop’s organizers. “Now that the Paris climate agreement has entered into force, there is an emphasis on Nationally Determined Contributions. FAO is prepared to collaborate with its member countries on projects and programmes that are climate-smart.”

The main objective of the workshop is to discuss how to strengthen the contribution of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and related value chains to national sustainable development, in the light of globally agreed goals. It also aims to increase understanding of the principles of sustainable food and agriculture to support joint action across sectors, and identify priorities for FAO’s support to the countries.

“In looking at the contribution of sustainable food and agriculture to the SDGs and to implementing the Paris Agreement, FAO’s approach to sustainability is really tailor-made,” said David Conte, senior advisor for FAO’s strategic programme on reducing rural poverty. “We promote sustainable agricultural, forestry and fisheries practices while bringing solutions that improve livelihoods for the region’s small-scale family farmers – many of whom live in poverty.”

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan sent participants to the workshop.

The event was developed under FAO’s Strategic Objective no. 2: Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable. It is hosted by the Ministry for Agriculture of Hungary.

14 December 2016, Budapest, Hungary