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Director Generals address to the UN sustainable Development Summit

By Jose Graziano da Silva
Director General FAO

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United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015
FAO Director-General Plenary Address

Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to start by congratulating you all for adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We have given ourselves an enormous task, that begins with the historic commitment of not only reducing but also eradicating poverty, hunger in a sustainable way.

The new agenda clearly recognizes the centrality of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture development.

The full range of Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without rapid progress in eliminating hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

At the same time, reaching
the other SDGs will make easier the task of ending hunger and extreme poverty.

We have made progress in the past years, but we still have many challenges ahead.

The number of hungry people has dropped by over 200 million since 1990. Over 70 developing countries, out of the 120 monitored by FAO, have met the Millennium Development Goal hunger target.

But there is much more to be done.

Nearly 800 million people continue to suffer from chronic hunger. This is unacceptable.

We can only rest when we achieve zero hunger. To do so we must invest responsibly, responding to the needs of the world´s poor population, and promote inclusive growth.

Agriculture and rural development are central to this effort, as over 70 percent of the world´s poor and food insecure live in rural areas of developing countries.

It is clear that we need to build more sustainable agriculture and food systems, that are resilient to stresses and better able to cope with – and respond to the climate change impact
But let me add that investing in sustainable agriculture is crucial, but still not enough.
Ending hunger also needs well-designed social protection systems.

The combination of productive support and social protection is the only way to ensure the food and nutrition security of today´s hungry.

The three Rome-based Agencies have estimated the additional investment needed to end hunger: only 160 dollars per year per person living in extreme poverty in the next 15 years.

This represents less than half percent of the global income in 2014. And it is only a small fraction of the cost that hunger and malnutrition impose on economies, societies and people.

Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have an enormous task ahead of us. But one that we can tackle successfully if we work together.
FAO has supported the Post-2015 Development Agenda process.

FAO is committed to continue to be part of this effort, by supporting governments and working with non-state actors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
This is the time to unite our forces to realize the “Future we want”.
Thank you for your attention.

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