December 23, 2011. São Paulo, Brazil.
As 2011 approaches its end, I would like to send all of you my best wishes for peaceful and reinvigorating holidays, close to your family and friends.
2012 lies only a few days away, and with that, the many challenges we will face together. As I have said before, I am confident that with a joint effort, we will make significant strides in the fight against hunger, ensuring that the right to food, perhaps the most basic of all human rights, is a reality for everyone.
This entails offering immediate assistance to the most needy, and at the same time, taking the necessary measures to allow them to fend for themselves in the future; promoting sustainable agricultural production and consumption models, looking after our natural resources as well as ensuring access to safe and nutritious food to everyone.
It entails putting the whole strength of FAO behind the vision it was founded upon in 1946.
I look forward to working together with all of you – Member States, staff members, development partners – to make this happen as of January 1, 2012, when I take office as FAO’s next Director-General. As I have said before: “I will not be able to do anything except what we can do together”.
José Graziano da Silva