The two of United Nation’s agencies, namely the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have renewed their partnership to boost efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including the goal of Zero Hunger, reports NaijaAgroNet.
FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding in Paris. It comes more than 70 years after the first partnership signing between the agencies.
“This new agreement opens a new chapter in the relationship between our two organizations,” said FAO’s Graziano da Silva. “We need to work closer together to accelerate our efforts towards the goals set out under Agenda 2030.”
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay welcomed reinforced collaboration between UNESCO and FAO as two key Specialized Agencies of the UN system. “The nexus between education, culture, food and health is at the center of many of the challenges faced in this century”, she highlighted. “We are committed to strengthening our collaboration in these areas to create sustainable futures for societies.”
Under the partnership, FAO and UNESCO have agreed to support the development of learning modules, teaching aids and practical sessions for agricultural secondary schools, universities and farmer field schools on food security and sustainable food systems. The agencies will also explore opportunities for nutrition education and healthy nutrition in schools.
This builds on the joint work already being carried out in South Sudan’s cattle camps, where literacy and numeracy training by UNESCO is incorporated into FAO’s Pastoral Field School approach. This means young people can access a formal school curriculum as well as topics on livestock management and livelihoods’ diversification.
FAO and UNESCO will also develop a joint knowledge-sharing platform on the nexus between food, culture and peace, and develop special education projects in poor, rural conflict-affected areas.
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