Spain achieves presidency of United Nations World Food Security Committee

Spain achieves presidency of United Nations World Food Security Committee. Image: Wikimedia

The United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CSA) has elected Gabriel Ferrero as its new president.

The election with the United Nations Committee took place during the 49th meeting of the CSA and the candidacy of Gabriel Ferrero obtained 73 votes, while the Cameroonian representative Medi Moungui received 48 supporters.

The Committee on World Food Security, based in Rome, is an international and intergovernmental platform created in 1974 that aims to cooperate to eliminate hunger and to guarantee food security and nutrition for the world.

This committee is made up of the member countries of the United Nations, as well as its agencies and bodies that deal with food security and nutrition issues.

The Spanish candidacy for the presidency of the CFS was announced last June during the Conference of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), as well as in forums such as the IV Ministerial Conference of Agriculture of the Union European Union and the African Union.

Spain’s candidacy for the presidency of the CSA was highlighted by the President of the Government in his speech on September 23 at the Food Systems Summit in New York.

The Spanish candidacy has had the unanimous support of the European Union (EU), manifested in the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries at its meeting of October 11, 2021, as well as by the whole of the European Regional Group within FAO.

Spain has always been firmly committed to the elimination of poverty and hunger worldwide, a basic pillar of its development policy within the framework of its Foreign Action Strategy. Today, the fight against hunger and malnutrition remain high on the political agenda.

For this reason, the Spanish Government has been and will continue to be a committed partner with FAO, in particular with its Committee on World Food Security, whose ultimate goal is to end hunger and achieve food security for all.

Gabriel Ferrero has highlighted the importance of transforming food systems to contribute to the eradication of poverty, the fight against climate change, desertification and the conservation of biodiversity.

The new president of the World Food Security Committee, elected to a two-year term, has previously been Director General for Sustainable Development Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and has held various functions in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

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