Government Link with Civil Society Partners on Food Security at Madrid
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York – MADRID, 27 January — National delegations meet yesterday under the co-chairmanship of Spanish Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatero and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated support for
- universal access to food,
- food production,
- strengthened social protection systems
in the face of a downward-spiralling global economy and increased investment in food security.
A key agreement in the Statement of the Madrid High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All is to establish a global partnership.
The chairman´s Statement
It calls for a contact group to reach out to stakeholders including
- farmers’ organizations,
- civil society organizations,
- women’s organizations,
- the private sector,
- developing country Governments and
- regional and
- international organizations.
The two-day meeting in Madrid, hosted and organized by the Spanish Government and co-sponsored by Spain and the United Nations, brought together
- 62 ministers from
- more than 120 countries,
- civil society leaders, and
- UN agencies
grouped together by the Secretary-General in a High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis.
The Statement reflects urgent concern that the number of malnourished in the world has risen to 960 million and called for substantially increased financial resources and development assistance. It endorsed measures outlined in the United Nations Task Force’s Comprehensive Framework for Action to meet immediate urgent needs while also
- building sustainable agricultural systems and
- stronger social safety nets.
These efforts dovetail with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the co-chairs noted, especially the first objective, to eradicate hunger and poverty.
According to United Nations statistics, 75 per cent of the world’s poor live in rural areas dependent on agricultural economies.
At the meeting, the Spanish Government committed to €200 million per year for five years for food security efforts, and said that it will undertake to stimulate similar contributions by other nations.
The High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All follows through on the June 2008 “food summit” in Rome. In the 5 June Rome Declaration,
181 States and the European Community pledged to
- alleviate the suffering caused by soaring food prices,
- stimulate agricultural development,
- food and smallholder farmer production and
- address obstacles to food access and adequate nutrition.
At this meeting, Prime Minister Zapatero offered to host this follow-up meeting in Madrid.
For video material:
A food-related b-roll is available on the UNifeed website (www.un.org/unifeed) for download in broadcast-quality PAL and NTSC.
For the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Nuria Felipe Soria, Spanish mobile: +34 647 208 657, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; and Farhana Haque-Rahman, Rome tel.: +39 06 5459 2485, mobile: +39 335 737 4859, e-mail: email@example.com.
For the Food and Agriculture Organization, Germán Rojas, Spanish tel.: +34 91 347 1717, mobile: +34 671 649 955, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the World Bank in Spain, Julia Barrera, e-mail: email@example.com, Spanish tel.: +34 61 713 6411, mobile: +33 66 101 2728.
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