FAO at the 30th AU Summit – UN General Secretary Attends

Food and Agriculture Organization at the 30th African Union Summit

Ending hunger and boosting nutrition are in focus

SummitADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 26, 2018/APO Group/ — The Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is an important event that brings leaders together to discuss issues vital to the continent’s progress and prosperity. In that framework, several events related to ending hunger and boosting nutrition will be held on the margins of the Summit, and at which the United Nations will be represented.
[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”14″]The ambitious target of ending hunger in Africa by 2025 is currently not on track[/perfectpullquote] FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva is travelling to Addis Ababa from 26-28 January. The highlight of the Director-General’s mission will be the high-level meeting Achieving Zero Hunger in Africa by 2025, on Saturday 27 January. The meeting is co-organized by the AU Commission and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture with support from FAO and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The ambitious target of ending hunger in Africa by 2025 is currently not on track. FAO’s 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report found that despite a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise again. The increase is linked to conflicts and drought that affected many countries and hit rural areas particularly hard.

Ending hunger in Africa by 2025
The high-level meeting is the follow-up to a conference held in July 2013 in Addis Ababa during which the African Union, FAO and the Lula Institute launched an initiative aimed at eradicating hunger in Africa by 2025. A year later, the results of that meeting were consolidated through the Malabo Declaration, backed by African leaders. Five years on, Saturday’s meeting brings together the original attendees and other stakeholders to assess efforts so far, renew commitments and accelerate progress.

United Nations Secretary General set to attend African Union Summit

The summit will be held under the theme: Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation

SummitADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 26, 2018/APO Group/ —United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will this weekend attend the African Union Summit that started in Addis Ababa on January 22.The summit will be held under the theme: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

Some of the SG’s activities include a high-level breakfast on Equal Access of African Women in High Level Positions at the African Union and in the United Nations Systems and bilateral meetings with Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and a host of African heads of state and government.

Mr. Guterres will also participate in other high-level meetings including the committee of the African Union on Libya; Renewed Partnership to end hunger in Africa by 2025 – Five Years Later: Taking stock of progress and lessons in light of the Sustainable Development Goals; and participate in a meeting of the Peace and Security Council which will be held under the theme “Towards a comprehensive approach to combat the transnational threat of terrorism in Africa”.

During his time in Ethiopia, the UN Chief will also swear-in Ms. Vera Songwe, the new Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa. Ms. Songwe has been in office since August 2017.

Mr. Guterres will be accompanied by Ms. Songwe and Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia, and other UN staff in his meetings with African Union leaders and others.

African Union Heads of State will meet from January 28 to 29 for their 30th ordinary session.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).