New York

20 February 2013

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia

The Secretary-General congratulated President Morales on his appointment as FAO Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa, applauded Bolivia's initiative to declare 2013 the International Year of Quinoa, and welcomed the President’s efforts to combat hunger in Bolivia.   They discussed the exceptional nutritional qualities of quinoa, its adaptability to different ecological conditions, and the difficulties for Bolivia in absorbing its international popularity.

The Secretary-General took note of Bolivia’s readmission to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

The Secretary-General and President Morales also discussed the importance of reaching a binding agreement on climate change by 2015.