FAO and ACP member states share strong focus on nutrition and environment change – EIN News Zimbabwe

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Patrick I actually. Gomes, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

15 Apr 2015, Brussels – FAO Director-General José Graziano de uma Silva, in a speech today towards the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, reiterated the Organization’s dedication to addressing food security and nutrition and also stressed the need to deal with as a high priority the influences of climate change

“Hunger is just one face of malnutrition. In the other extreme we have obesity, which is becoming a concern as big as or even bigger than undernourishment, particularly in the Caribbean and the Pacific, ” the FAO Director-General said, speaking before the Committee within Brussels.

Graziano da Silva furthermore emphasized the threat posed simply by climate change, noting that its impacts are not evenly distributed, yet that tropical regions, home of many ACP members, “are among the most affected regions”.

He suggested some measures ACP countries can take to build resilience and adapt food systems while coping with changing climate patterns. “Sustainable property and water management, and approaches such as climate-smart agriculture and agro-ecology are tools that can help” to deal with this issue, Graziano da Silva stated.

Cyclone Pam’s aftermath and environment negotiations

The FAO Director-General reported Cyclone Pam that hit Vanuatu and other small islands in the Pacific cycles Region in March, as a “reminder of the vulnerability of Small Isle Developing States to natural disasters and to climate change”. He knowledgeable the ACP Ambassadors that FAO has just set up a Trust Account to address this specific issue.

Graziano da Silva also urged ACP countries to engage in the COP21 climate negotiations which will be concluded next December in Paris, france.

Referring to the outcome of COP 21, he said that “we look forward to a new, worldwide, legally binding climate agreement, inch but that the “agriculture sector may neither be asked to pay the cost for all greenhouse gases emissions, nor to clean the emission from other sectors”.

“This is the point that FAO desires to highlight in those negotiations, inch Graziano da Silva emphasized, adding that the Organization is able to provide “tailored assistance” to ACP member claims at the negotiations.

ACP’s top officials welcome changes at FAO

In the speech, ACP Secretary-General, Patrick I actually. Gomes, praised the transformational adjustments that have taken place at FAO given that Graziano da Silva took office as Director-General in 2012.

“He (Graziano de uma Silva) has spearheaded reforms that have entailed, among other things, refocusing FAO’s function, strengthening its institutional capacities and its partnerships with civil society, the particular private sector and academia, and boosting the FAO’s support just for South-South Cooperation, ” Gomes stated.

“Dr. da Silva has already achieved the particular transformation of the FAO into a information organization, firmly grounded in reality, simply by strengthening its field presence and instilling a more decentralized approach, inch the ACP Secretary-General added.

In his involvement, the President of the ACP’s Committee of Ambassadors, Samuel Chandler, declared that ACP has long regarded FAO as “a valuable partner” in the efforts to attain the Group’s stated objectives.

“We look forward to working closely along with FAO to address the challenges to the development, ” Chandler added.

Today’s meeting was attended by around sixty Ambassadors and representatives of the ACP countries in Brussels.

The Group is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific cycles nations: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cape Verde, Comoros, Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Cook Islands, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St . Kitts and Nevis, St . Lucia, St . Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Island destinations, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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