St. Vincent and the Grenadines is among 38 countries formally recognised in Rome on Sunday for reducing hunger by half well ahead of international targets for the year 2015.
José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) formally recognised the 38 countries during a high-level ceremony attended by several heads of state.
ABOVE: 16 June 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva with Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Side Event: Recognizing outstanding progress in fighting hunger. Twenty countries have satisfied Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number one, to halve the proportion of hungry people between 1990-92 and 2010-2012, as established by the international community at the U.N. General Assembly in 2000. An additional 18 countries were congratulated for reaching both MDG-1 and the more stringent World Food Summit (WFS) goal to reduce by half the absolute number of undernourished people between 1990-92 and 2010-2012. The WFS goal was set in 1996, when 180 nations met at FAO headquarters to discuss ways to end hunger. FAO Conference, 38th Session. FAO headquarters (Plenary Hall). (Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano)
ABOVE: 17 June 2013, Rome, Italy – (Left to right) FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with T.H. Ralph Gonzalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. FAO Conference, 38th Session, FAO headquarters.(Photo: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto)