News Focus: Food crisis

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“We have agreed on a series of concrete measures that need to be taken in the short, medium and long terms,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a joint press conference in Bern, Switzerland, following a meeting of the executive heads of the United Nations system organizations.

The group, known as the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), set out a common strategy in support of developing country governance to confront the global food crisis.

The CEB also decided to establish, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, a Task Force on the Global Food Crisis to create a prioritized plan of action and coordinate its implementation. The Task Force held its first meeting on 12 May 2008.

Task Force

UN sets up top-level team to promote unified response

The Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security Crisis

Ban Ki-moon chairs the first meeting of the Task Force

Background: On 29 April 2008, the Secretary-General announced the establishment of a United Nations Task Force on the Global Food Crisis.

The goal: to create a prioritized plan of action and coordinate its implementation

The composition: Chaired by the Secretary-General, the Task Force brings together the Heads of UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes, Bretton Woods institutions and relevant parts of the UN Secretariat. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, acts as Coordinator.

"My Task Force will study the root causes of the crisis and propose solutions – to be executed decisively through coordinated global action – at the upcoming food summit in Rome early in June," the Secretary-General told the press on 5 May.


Economic and Social Council

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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger tops the list of eight MDGs — a set of timebound and measurable goals and targets in combatting world's ills approved in 2000 at the United Nations Millennium Summit.

...With close to one billion people still experiencing chronic hunger, [the Secretary-General] urged agencies, governments, businesses, civil society organizations and the scientific community to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.

Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on meeting of high level task force on global food security, New York, 27 June '12


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