FNC Speaker, FAO chief highlight co-operation in fighting hunger

ABU DHABI, — The UAE spared no effort to help countries affected by natural disasters regardless of the sex, religion or race of the beneficiaries, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said during recent talks with Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi.

The director-general thanked the government and people of the UAE for extending support to the Rome-headquartered organisation’s efforts to eliminate poverty, during discussions with Dr. Al Qubaisi on enhancing co-operation in fighting hunger and high malnutrition rates, and ensuring food security in some countries.

The UAE became a member of the FAO in 1972, a year after the state was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and has since been exerting efforts to protect the environment, Al Qubaisi noted, and added that sustainable development and food security were top priority for parliamentarians across the world.

Al Qubaisi met with Da Silva during an official visit to Italy.

During the visit, the FAO held a special event to discuss the role of parliamentarians in the Zero Hunger Challenge at the Sheikh Zayed International Media and Knowledge Centre (SZC), which was established in 2010 with a generous donation from the UAE to embody the enlightened vision of the country’s founder for the role of agriculture in the service of culture and human progress.

Source: Emirates News Agency