Healthy Ecosystems Key to Better Food Security
New York, 24 September 2014 – Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is set to ensure better support for the functioning of critical ecosystem services that underlie food security.
“Healthy ecosystems are the lifeblood of food security, especially in developing countries, where a majority of people are supported directly by the land, seas and oceans,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General.
“The FAO and UNEP bring different and complementary skill sets to the partnership that will make our work on the restoration, and sustainable management of ecosystems for improved food security, more efficient and effective,” he added.The new MoU formalizes the cooperation between the two agencies, in the context of a post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly with regard to food security and ecosystems services.
“I welcome the excellent work done in recent months and the close collaboration established between the FAO and UNEP teams which show a high degree of professionalism and enthusiasm in expanding our partnership,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
The Strategic Partnership Plan that comes with the MoU outlines four specific priorities:
Ecosystems provide a range of services to economies and societies, these include:
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