United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
FAO is one of the largest specialized agencies in the UN system; it takes the lead on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. FAO works to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and food security. It also encourages sustainable agriculture and rural development, a long-term strategy for increasing food production and food security while conserving and managing natural resources.
FAO seeks to achieve more productive and efficient use of the Earth’s natural resources to meet current and future food and agricultural needs in a sustainable manner. The Sustainable Development Department advises governments on integrated policy, planning and management of natural resources. It coordinates the Organization’s implementation of the 1992 Earth Summit’s Agenda 21, global environmental Conventions on biological diversity, climate change and desertification, and parts of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. The Liaison Office in Geneva works with the UN and other intergovernmental and inter-agency organizations in Geneva and takes a substantive role in promoting the FAO’s policy positions in the areas of its competence. It provides technical and policy advice to country missions in Geneva on issues related to the multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO.
The Rome-based FAO and the Geneva-based UNEP Chemicals Branch jointly administer the interim secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.
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