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October 21, 2016

Dairy Declaration Looks for Solutions to Global Environmental Concerns

 |  By: Mike Opperman

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly issued the Global Dairy Industry Rotterdam Declaration recognizing environmental issues. The Declaration, issued as part of the World Dairy Summit, is a comprehensive statement on the key contributions and commitments of the global dairy sector toward achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals.

According to Jeremy Hill, IDF president and Ren Wang, FAO assistant director general, the Declaration “provides a common high-level purpose regarding the global dairy sector’s role for nutritional security, sustainability and socio-economic development.”

The organizations recognize the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as the overarching framework guiding actions toward sustainable development from a social, environmental, economic and health perspective. In addition, organizations signing the Declaration agree to disseminate tools and guidelines to facilitate adoption of sustainable practices and measure sustainability outcomes. Also, organizations will strive to strengthen stakeholder dialogue for consensus building, progress review and continuous improvement.

Sustainability stakeholders applaud the organizations coming together to make this declaration. “We are encouraged that the Global Dairy Industry Rotterdam Declaration clearly recognizes the need to conserve natural resources, curb climate change and protect biodiversity,” says Sandra Vin, director, sustainable food at the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). “It is also promising that the industry has committed to working with stakeholders to measure, manage and report industry progress.”

Vin says that the WWF would like to see other livestock industries follow this example.