The director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Jorge Chediek, confirmed his participation in the Brazil Africa Forum 2019. He has held the post since October 2015, leading the promotion and coordination of the United Nations cooperation system. South-South for development. In the event he will speak during the “Feeding the World: A Call to Action” session, which aims to discuss how to combat food insecurity and reduce poverty.
“We have a great opportunity to strengthen South-South Cooperation to address the different challenges facing Southern countries, to promote institutional engagement and collaborations. We need collective action from all nations to meet global challenges,” said Chediek. “I would like to congratulate IBRAF for becoming a bridge to discuss these issues. The challenges and opportunities we can generate at the nationality level can be used to strengthen South-South Cooperation.”
By 2050, more than 50% increase in the food currently produced will be needed to feed an estimated world population of almost 10 billion. At the same time, almost 80% of the world’s poor live in rural areas and work mainly in agriculture. The panel intends to discuss how to make food more accessible and improve working conditions in rural areas.
Chediek was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as his envoy for South-South Cooperation in 2016. Prior to that, he served as Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Brazil (2010-2015). Prior to his career at the United Nations, which began in 1990, Chediek worked in the Legislative Analysis Department of the Argentine Congress and as an independent consultant, assisting in the design of financial investment systems in Argentina.
Born in 1960, he holds a master’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University in Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
+ The seventh edition of the Brazil Africa 2019 Forum is entitled “Food Security: Paths to Economic Growth”, and will take place on November 12 and 13 in São Paulo.