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Keep up to date with the most recent news and perspectives on developing trends and FAO's initiatives to support the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, regional and global levels.


Kigali, 9th May 2024

The HASTEN Project, a joint initiative between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Governments of Rwanda, Lesotho, an...

A two-day UN Expert Group Meeting (EGM) was held at FAO headquarters in Rome Italy from 26-27 March, organized by FAO, in collaboration with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), convening over 40 experts from around the world, to assess global progress towards targets under Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) and strategize recommendations to accelerate action to meet these objectives.

FREETOWN, 6th May 2024

The HASTEN Project, a joint initiative between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Governments of Rwanda, Lesotho, and Sierra Leone, em...


Insights from the FAO Agrifood Innovation Finance Debate 

The Agrifood Innovation Finance Debate provided a dynamic platform for small and medium-sized agrifood enterprises (SMEs) and investors to explore diverse perspectives on the financing obstacles and opportunities, with a particular focus on Africa and Asia. 


Participate in our online call for stakeholders to share examples of governance-related measures and interventions with transformative impact for agrifood systems. 

The 2024 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, held on 30 January, included a dedicated SDG Action Segment for Goal 2, co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Major Group for Science and Technology, and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. With the aim of providing inputs into the High-level Political Forum, which is this year conducting an in-depth review of SDG 2, the Segment shared good practices and innovative strategies to strengthen and facilitate meaningful multi-stakeholder partnerships to support agrifood systems transformation. 
The Office of Sustainable Development Goals (OSG) is pleased to share the 2nd edition of FAO and the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review: Guidance note for Regional and Country Offices. Featuring country examples and extracts from global voluntary national review (VNR) reports, this guidance note details the VNR process and elaborates on the importance of leveraging agrifood systems transformations as a key accelerator for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Director-General QU Dongyu will lead FAO delegation at the global event in Dubai, where the Organization will launch a series of reports and co-host the Food and Agriculture Pavilion


Innovators from the FAO SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme have been shining a spotlight on their pioneering enterprises at numerous high-level events over the last number of months, including at the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment (UNFSS+2) and the 2023 World Food Forum, highlighting the vital role SMEs play in catalyzing effective food system transformation while simultaneously accelerating SDG implementation at local levels.

The Vatican Roundtable of African Farmers provided farmers from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to bring their unique perspectives and concrete experiences to the forefront of global discussions on agricultural development.
On 16-20 October, FAO headquarters in Rome will welcome world leaders, experts, changemakers and youth and indigenous activists to work for a sustainable future

The recent SDG Summit held in New York on September 18-19, 2023, has once again demonstrated the world's commitment to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite the challenges and setbacks over the last number of years, the adoption by consensus of the negotiated Political Declaration, which was subsequently endorsed by the UN General Assembly, reaffirms the SDGs as our primary roadmap for achieving sustainable development and addressing the multifaceted crises of our time.

Opinion article by Stefanos Fotiou, Director of the Office of Sustainable Development Goals in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

At a high-level event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, urged stronger political commitment and solidarity to transform agrifood systems and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Director-General QU Dongyu presents FAO-led High Impact Initiative on Food Systems Transformation; FAO co-leads and supports other initiatives on localization, nature, and social protection


Let us seize this opportunity of the 2023 SDG Summit to safeguard the 2030 Agenda and build a sustainable future that leaves no one behind.

Opinion article by Stefanos Fotiou, Director of the Office of Sustainable Development Goals in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Worrying FAO report provides food for thought to world leaders ahead of upcoming UN SDG summit in New York

Revisit the key inputs, discussions and outcomes of UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment, which took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 24 - 26 July 2023. This global event served as a worldwide stocktaking meeting to review progress in implementing food systems transformations and its contributions to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. 

Latest research shows around 735 million people currently facing hunger, compared to 613 million in 2019.
Addressing a high-level United Nations Townhall Meeting held in New York during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2023 on Sustainable Development, under the theme "Overcoming the crises, driving transformation for the SDGs, and leaving no one behind,” FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today outlined six actions he said were needed to transform agrifood systems to make them more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable.
Information from satellites is being used in a new way to help Lesotho develop and maintain a comprehensive next generation land cover database, as part of a collaboration between FAO experts, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Government of Lesotho. FAO’s EOSTAT project falls under the national Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) programme, which aims to increase the country’s resilience to climate change, halt land degradation and support land restoration policies and programmes.