Marking the first international gathering on food security and nutrition since global leaders approved the Sustainable Development Goals’ agenda, FAO is organising an international conference on the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome.
“That agenda includes eradication of hunger by 2030 as one of its core goals. Its approval at last month’s United Nations summit brings new momentum to our efforts,” José Graziano da Silva, director general, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said.
"Now the world has a set date to end hunger, to achieve food security and to end malnutrition in all its forms. I do not doubt that we can become the Zero Hunger generation," he said.
The CFS is an intergovernmental body that serves as a forum for the review and follow up of food security and nutrition policies.
Its inclusive platform is structured to allow participants from civil society, the private sector, and other non-state actors a voice in policy decisions.
"CFS is different. So let’s go out there and make this difference," said Gerda Verburg, who has served as Chairperson of the Committee for the past two years. "We are running one single race, all together, to goal Zero Hunger."
The four-day plenary, also addressed by Kanayo F. Nwanze, president, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Ertharin Cousin, executive director, World Food Programme will feature debates over nutrition policies as well as focusing on initiatives centering on nutrition and youth engagement in the global pledge to eradicate hunger.
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