FAO Director-General Calls for Peace and Food Security Prioritization at G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting

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FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, emphasized the critical importance of peace, acknowledgment of the right to food, and the need for reform within multilateral institutions during the G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting held in Brazil over two days.

Addressing the first session, focused on the G20’s role in managing conflicts and international tensions, Qu stressed FAO’s call for prioritizing actions that advance global food security to achieve the Four Betters: improved production, enhanced nutrition, a healthier environment, and overall well-being for all, without exclusion.

During the second session, Qu underscored the necessity for a global governance system that operates efficiently, effectively, and cohesively, while being accountable to its members and fully committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He emphasized the need to prioritize people in addressing hunger and poverty while also safeguarding the planet, highlighting agrifood systems as science and data-driven solutions.

The meeting convened foreign affairs ministers representing countries that collectively contribute to approximately 85 percent of global GDP, 75 percent of world trade, and around two-thirds of the world’s population. Alongside the FAO Director-General, heads of other international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the World Trade Organization, as well as UNESCO, UNCTAD, the ILO, and various regional development banks, participated in the meeting.


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