Food Security Panel Discussion and Reception

New York, November 24, 2014

In an event organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD), UN officials, ambassadors, and government representatives discussed developments and best practices in reducing hunger and malnutrition, and reaffirmed their unified commitment to take on the significant work that remains to be done in the area of food security.

The event, titled “Contribution to a world without hunger: South-South and Triangular Cooperation in support of the new development agenda,” began with a panel discussion underscoring the importance of South-South and Triangular cooperation in regards to food security around the world. Panelists explored how partnerships might be strengthened to contribute to the achievement of sustained and inclusive economic growth and the eradication of hunger in the new development agenda.

Mr. Yiping Zhou, United Nations Special Envoy on South-South Cooperation, reaffirmed that the world is committed to reducing food insecurity, and believes it should be one of the major development goals in the post-2015 agenda.

Participants agreed that the increased complexity of food security issues will require a sustained and unified approach, adapting existing solutions to maximize their effectiveness in the landscape of global food and nutritional challenges.

Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, Executive-President of SS-SCSD, informed panelists that it is an ideal time for the international community to explore new forms of global cooperation that will be instrumental in strengthening systematic and coordinated development.

Mr. Festus Akinnifesi, Head of the South-South and Resource Mobilization Division of FAO, furthered upon this point, encouraging actors to use the capabilities and resources that are already available while leveraging new resources and technical capacities to support South-South cooperation.

The panel discussion was followed by a reception at SS-SCSD headquarters. The reception put a spotlight on the overarching priority of food security, as well as honored the achievements of the various UN agencies working towards eliminating hunger and achieving greater development around the world