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ECOSOC will be holding a Special Meeting on "Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon: Reducing risks and capturing opportunities" that will take place on 6 May 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting  will draw on the experiences of affected countries and the UN system to identify lessons learned and recommendations for addressing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the El Niño phenomenon. The meeting, organized by UN-DESA in collaboration with UNISDR and WMO, is being convened at the request of the General Assembly (A/RES/70/110). The meeting will be webcast at


FAO invites the submission of papers to be presented during the technical conference on:

Rural transformation, agricultural and food system transition: Building the evidence base for policies that promote sustainable development, food and nutrition security and poverty reduction

Written by Helen Medina, VP, Product Policy and Innovation at USCIB. 
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Nearly 800 million people worldwide remain chronically undernourished, while at the same time incidences of obesity are rising in nearly all countries. This month, the United Nations agreed on a resolution proclaiming the Decade of Action on Nutrition, aiming to galvanize action from all stakeholders to end hunger and eradicate malnutrition worldwide. The resolution calls upon the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to lead this effort’s implementation, and invites international partners, including the private sector, to support governments as they spearhead work on nutrition.

2015 saw the approval of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious agenda for change that aims to make significant progress in eradicating poverty, promoting prosperity and protecting the environment by 2030.