Sustaining peace is a cornerstone for zero hunger – United Nations

FAO Director General, Graziano da Silva with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in Rome.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says conflict and insecurity continue to be the primary drivers of food insecurity in 18 countries, where almost 74 million food-insecure people remain in need of urgent assistance.

The Director-General, José Graziano da Silva made this known during a bilateral meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres who was on his first visit to FAO Headquarters in Rome since he took over office in January 2017.

He explained that half of these people were in Africa and more than a third in the Middle East.

“FAO will launch a major Global Food Crisis Report next week in Rome, and the UN Secretary General will address the event through a video message,” he stated.

Graziano da Silva shared with Guterres the newest FAO’s corporate framework that set the priorities of the Organization to support sustainable peace in the context of Agenda 2030.

According to the Director General, “With this document, FAO is the first UN agency to launch a peace framework which is aligned with the Secretary-General’s latest report on Peace building and Sustaining Peace report, published in January this year.”

Also during the meeting, FAO Director-General updated Guterres on the upcoming World Food Day (16 October) which would focus on SDG-2 and Zero Hunger.

Graziano da Silva also conveyed FAO’s full support to the UN Development System reform promoted by the Secretary-General, who was very committed to supporting the uniqueness of the specialized agencies and the independence of their governing bodies.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva commended the efforts of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his commitment to the goal of eradicating hunger and focus on the challenges caused by civil conflict and climate change.

Their bilateral meeting took place on the sidelines of a donors’ conference organized by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to cover an estimated $446 million budget shortfall to enable it to keep working to aid Palestine refugees.

The conference drew pledges from countries around the world of additional funds of $100 million to support continuity of the core education, healthcare and food security services.