The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.
Ten years have passed! For almost as long as we can remember, 2015 has been considered a critical year for the international
water and sanitation agenda. Not least because we anticipated – and it has come to pass – the General Assembly
has agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in its 70th session, which includes specific targets for water and sanitation.
The proposal includes a more ambitious agenda on universal access to basic services of water and sanitation, on improvements on water resources management – including improved efficiency – on water quality and disaster risk reduction.