Saturday, May 3, 2008

UN meeting on food crisis

ReliefWeb: Amid rising food prices, the effects of climate change, high energy prices, resource scarcities and increasing concerns about the world’s ability to feed its 6.5 billion people, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development will begin a two-year cycle aimed at tackling issues critical for increasing the global food supply in a manner that addresses concerns regarding poverty, hunger and the environment. The Commission will meet from 5 to 16 May in New York.

Representatives from Governments, civil society, the agricultural sector, business and science will look at many of the issues at the heart of the food crisis and will identify barriers and obstacles that prevent sustainable solutions to these problems. These issues, which include agriculture, land use, rural development, drought and desertification, have a direct impact on achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially the eradication of poverty and hunger, as well as furthering the agreements contained in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation adopted by the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

More than 50 Government ministers are expected to attend the Commission’s high-level meeting, which will take place from 14 to 16 May….

Photo of UN Headquarters in New York by Stefan Schulze, Wikimedia Commons, under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation license, Version 1.2

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