France and FAO Renew Partnership on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change
Rome/Paris - France and FAO renewed the blueprint for their collaboration, putting climate change, sustainable agriculture, the eradication of hunger, rural development and efficient use of natural resources at the center of their joint strategic actions in coming years.
On the sidelines of the One Planet summit in Paris, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, signed the new framework agreement guiding the two parties' cooperation through 2021.
Graziano da Silva said, "Ending hunger is a basic requirement for achieving global sustainable development goals, and that can only be done if we address the challenges climate change poses for agriculture and food security. Protecting biodiversity, reducing food loss and waste, conserving and restoring soil health, creating decent employment opportunities in developing countries - all of these are part of what we need do and all will require coherent and integrated partners and above all strong partners."
Along with numerous heads of state, the UN Secretary-General, and the President of the World Bank, Graziano da Silva attended French President Emmanuel Macron's climate summit high-level segment.
The meeting was held to celebrate the second birthday of the Paris climate agreement where the international community made concrete pledges to keep temperature from rising more than two degrees by the end of the century.
President Macron's "One Planet" summit seeks to accelerate climate actions, encouraging and enabling governments, the UN and organizations to roll out solutions as swiftly as possible.
That complements FAO's message, which is that rapid action to adapt to and mitigate climate change's impact on poorer developing countries is an essential investment for the longer-term Sustainable Development Agenda, above all the goal of ending hunger by 2030.