FAO to assist countries with 2030 global goals, climate change targets


A workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Budapest this week is discussing essential connections between sustainable agriculture and food systems on the one hand, and achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change on the other.  

Photo: FAO/Sergei Gapon   

The workshop brings together specialists in agriculture, forestry, water management, food safety, agrarian policy, labor, the environment and other areas, representing government, research and academia, and non-governmental organizations. 

The main objective of the Budapest workshop is to discuss how to strengthen the contribution of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and related value chains to national sustainable development, in the light of globally agreed goals. It also aims to increase understanding of the principles of sustainable food and agriculture to support joint action across sectors, and identify priorities for FAO support.

“FAO’s work in Europe and Central Asia is very relevant to global commitments and priorities, particularly the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,” said Avetik Nersisyan, FAO agriculture officer and one of the workshop’s organizers. “Now that the Paris climate agreement has entered into force, there is an emphasis on Nationally Determined Contributions. FAO is prepared to collaborate with its member countries on projects and programs that are climate-smart.”  

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have all sent participants to the workshop, developed under FAO’s Strategic Objective no. 2: Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable. It is being hosted by Hungaryʼs Ministry of Agriculture.   


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