The international agenda for the next few years will be marked by the end of MDGs and the preparation of the new post-2015 Agenda.
Spain has demonstrated a strong political commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (ODM) since they were constituted at the 2000 Summit, situating them at the forefront of development.
This High-Level Meeting in Madrid on 4 April is proof of this. Along with Colombia, Spain is a host country for the Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition themed consultation following an extensive consultation process. Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary General and Mariano Rajoy, President of the Government of Spain, closed the event
In spite of the fact that progress has been made towards achieving the MDGs by reducing the percentage of people suffering from hunger by half, there are still 868 million people who suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition. Food production is enough to meet the worlds needs, but the lack of access to food by the most underprivileged, vulnerable and marginalised means that malnutrition and slow growth processes continue to be a greater challenge.
Other future challenges that will require special efforts are: the lack of natural resources (as a result of unsustainable production and consumption patterns), demographic trends, climate change, food-related disease, food losses and food waste and the volatility of the financial markets.