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FAO calls for restoration of global ecosystems

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says the time has come for nations to stringently ensure the restoration of the global ecosystem.

QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General said this at a townhall meeting meant to serve as a curtain-raiser for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, a global movement led jointly by FAO and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), slated for formal launch on 4 June.

He said the 2030 Agenda – with its crucial “ending hunger” component, spelled out in Global Goal 2 – was at risk unless the world decisively reversed the havoc wrought on its ecosystems.

“Ecosystems are under intense pressure, jeopardizing the food security and lives of millions.”

QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General

The meeting heard presentations by experts from the two agencies, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Five taskforces have been set up to steer the restoration agenda through the UN Decade.

The taskforce on Best Practices, led by FAO, will collect and analyze global examples of success,  draft principles, and settle questions that some stakeholders and policymakers continue to struggle with.