The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is launching the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health for 2020. The initiative is aimed at raising global awareness on how protecting plant health can help address global hunger and reduce poverty, while protecting the environment, and enhancing economic development. FAO and its International Plant Protection Convention will lead the activities for the year, which will place an emphasis on prevention and protection, and the role that individuals can play to ensure and promote plant health.
Part of the focus of the yearlong initiative is raising overall awareness of the impact that plant health has on a global scale, and the role it plays in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of the objectives for the year is to enable increased cooperative actions between all stakeholders including governments, academia, and the private sector. UN Secretary-General António Guterres is encouraging the dedication of the resources that will be required to carry out the global objectives of what has been dubbed the ‘Decade of Action.’
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