“We can only rest when we achieve zero hunger”

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva addresses the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

World’s 2030 goals put hunger and agriculture at the center of global policy

Eradication of hunger the linchpin for sustainable development agenda, FAO chief tells world leaders

Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are key to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told world leaders in a plenary address at United Nations headquarters.

“We have given ourselves an enormous task, that begins with the historic commitment of not only reducing but also eradicating poverty and hunger in a sustainable way,” he said during his speech at the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit.

Fourteen of the 17 new SDGs adopted at the summit are related to FAO’s historic mission, the Director-General noted. The second goal – which is “to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” – must be urgently pursued as rapid progress on that front is the key to the other goals, he added.

Sustainable agriculture and zero hunger

“We can only rest when we achieve zero hunger,” Graziano da Silva said.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.