ENDING HUNGER CRITICAL TO ENSURING DEVELOPMENT THAT IS SUSTAINABLE – UN OFFICIAL (UN News)

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New York, Apr 19 2012  4:05PM
The world must tackle the urgent challenge of ending hunger if it is to ensure a model of development that is sustainable over the long term, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed today.

“We cannot call development sustainable if we are leaving almost one in every seven people behind, victims of undernourishment,” Director-General José Graziano da Silva <“http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/135242/icode/”>told participants at FAO’s biennial regional conference that began in Baku, Azerbaijan. “I am convinced ending hunger is a possible goal, with true political commitment. FAO is committed to this effort.”

The conference brings together government ministers and senior officials from the countries of Europe and Central Asia to discuss food security, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry issues. It will also decide on FAO’s future work programme in the region.

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