Food Security in the post 2015 Agenda

26 September: side event at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly – New York

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In this side event organized at the United Nations in the context of the new Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, the Minister Maurizio Martina will present the Milan Charter taking part in a panel discussion with Amina J. Mohammed (Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning), Graziano Da Silva (Director-General of FAO), Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director of World Food Programme) and Kanayo F. Nwanze (President of the International Fund for Agriculture Development – IFAD). There will also be high level representatives from Guyana, Thailand, Brazil and Ghana.

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The meeting will take place in New York from 3.00 to 4.30 P.M. and will be broadcasted streaming on the Rai Expo website.

In the aftermath of the approval of the Sustainable Development Goals, the issue of food security will have to be addressed with renewed energy with the aim of fostering partnerships between Member States, UN agencies and civil society.

To this end, the most important international event focused on the theme of food security – Expo Milano 2015 – delivered the Milan Charter, an international initiative open to the contributions of citizens, companies, associations and institutions, which all share and jointly engage to tackle the challenges posed by the Universal Exhibition, summed up in the question: “Is it possible to ensure good, healthy, sufficient and sustainable nutrition for all?”.

The Charter represents a compass to guide individual behaviors and political choices of those who adhere to it. It focuses on key issues such as food waste, the right to food, food safety, poverty reduction, the role of women in agricultural development, sustainable agricultural production and food consumption, preservation of biodiversity.

The document, which is presently open to public subscription and which will be formally delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion of the World Food Day on October 16th , can be seen as an exercise of “global citizenship” and a new departing point for strengthening international cooperation to reach the common goals of ensuring sustainable nutrition for all.


Amina J. Mohammed

Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria is the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. Ms. Mohammed has been working in the field of development for more than 30 years both in the public sector and the private sector. Previously, she worked as senior adviser to the President of Nigeria on Millennium Development Goals for six years. In this position, she was in charge of designing and developing government projects to reduce poverty around the country. Between 2002 and 2005, she worked in the United Nations Millennium Project as a coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education.

José Graziano da Silva

He has worked on issues of food security, rural development and agriculture for over 30 years. His parents were Brazilians of Italian origin. Graziano da Silva graduated as an agronomist in 1972, after attending the University of São Paulo‘s Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz. On 2001, coordinated the formulation of the Zero Hunger program, one of the main points of the campaign for Brazil’s presidency. In 2002 Inacio Lula became President and da Silva was appointed as the Extraordinary Minister for Food Security. He served as responsible for implementing the Fame Zero program. On 2004, became a special advisor to the President. On 2006, became an Assistant Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and served as FAO’s regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. During his tenure, da Silva obtained from the countries of Latin America a commitment to eradicate hunger by 2025. He also promoted a program on rural issues, which defends the strengthening of institutions and public policies aimed at achieving comprehensive and inclusive development in rural areas. On 2011 da Silva was elected Director General of FAO until July 2015.

Ertharin Cousin

Ertharin Cousin Cousin is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Georgia School of Law. She began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme on 5 April 2012. Ms Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food, and resilience strategies. Cousin guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions. As the leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization with approximately 13,500 staff serving over 90 million beneficiaries in 80 countries across the world. In 2009, Ertharin Cousin was nominated, by President Barack Obama, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and head of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies in Rome.

Kanayo F. Nwanze

Nwanze earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1971, and a Doctorate in Agricultural Entomology from Kansas State University, United States, in 1975.  He was Director-General of the CGIAR Africa Rice Center for a decade. Nwanze was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa, NERICA, a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant rice variety developed specifically for the African landscape. On 13 February 2013, Kanayo F. Nwanze was appointed by acclamation as President of IFAD for a second four-year term.  He brings to the job over 35 years of experience across three continents, focusing on poverty reduction through agriculture, rural development and research. Nwanze has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010, and formerly chaired the group.

Carl Greenidge

Minister of Foreign Affairs in Guyana since May 2015, he is an Economist and served as Guyana’s Finance Minister from 1983-1992. An International Public Servant he served in several top level positions including Sec. Gen of the ACP Group of States, created by Georgetown Agreements in 1975, which main target is the implementation of ACP-EU partnership.

Hon. Hanna Tetteh

Ghanaian barrister and politician, she is the current Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ghana. She worked as Legal Officer, Manager and Legal Adviser, with several private and public Companies, and with important Institutions (International Federation of Women Lawyers -FIDA- and Ghana Agro Food Company Ltd). After the 2008 elections she became the Spokesperson for the Government, and In 2009 President John Evans Atta Mills nominated her Minister of Trade and Industry, and she held the position from 2009 to 2013. In 2013 she was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the Economic Community Of West African States ( ECOWAS) Council of Ministers, at the same time.


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