World leaders, global financial institutions, private sector representatives and civil society groups will gather next week at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Ethiopia to galvanize political will around financing sustainable development that empowers people and respects the environment.
The meeting will result in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – laying the foundation for financing the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be agreed later this year.
Eliminating hunger and malnutrition are essential for achieving the SDGs, as they affect health, education and the ability to lead productive lives. FAO will participate in a number of events highlighting the importance of investment in agriculture, agribusiness and social protection to achieve food and nutrition security.
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Key events with FAO participation
Round table 2: Ensuring policy coherence and an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development
14 July 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Conference Room 2
Participants include FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and other heads of UN agencies, ministers, representatives of the African Union and others. (more information)
Side-event: Financing Investments and Agribusiness for Food and Nutrition Security – Public and Private Sector Coordination
14 July 2015, 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Jupiter Conference Hall
The meeting will discuss the importance of private and public sector investments in the agrifood sector which benefit small-scale farmers. Participants include FAO Director-General, Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture, Secretary General of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Vice-President of European Investment Bank (EIB), EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, President of the Rabobank Foundation, and others. (more information)
Side-event: Achieving Zero Hunger — The Critical Role of Investments in Social Protection and Agriculture
15 July 2015, 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Hilton Hotel – Hararr Grill
A new report by FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that eradicating world hunger by 2030 will require an additional $267 billion per year on average for investments in rural and urban areas and in social protection. This would average $160 annually for each person living in extreme poverty over the 15 year period. These and additional findings will be presented followed by a discussion regarding the way forward. Participants include the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Guyana, the heads of the UN Rome-based food agencies, high level representatives of Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and the President of Biovision. (more information)
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva will also make an address to the Plenary session (afternoon of 16 July, time TBA during the conference).