The International Poultry Council (IPC) and the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a declaration, whereby the IPC will adopt five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for the poultry meat sector.
Focusing on five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the IPC committed to the sustainable development of the sector, delivering benefits for both the planet and people globally. These include:
1. Zero hunger (SDG 2) – sharing good practices and promoting sustainable production;
2. Good health and well-being (SDG 3) – promoting poultry as a healthy choice and sharing good management and manufacturing practices;
3. Quality education (SDG 4) – building capacity to ensure high quality and sustainable production;
4. Industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9) – Supporting innovative and sustainable industrialisation;
5. Climate action (SDG 13)– reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions.
Aviagen Group’s Global Vice President of Welfare and Compliance Anne-Marie Neeteson – who led the group that linked the poultry industry’s Sustainability Pillars to the Goals — was on stage during the official signing, which took place at the IPC’s annual meeting in São Paulo.
Neeteson has worked with the IPC working group on the environment and sustainability since the end of 2016, first developing sustainability pillars for the poultry meat sector and then linking them to the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“I’m honored to be part of an agreement that holds such importance for our industry, our birds, our planet and its people,” said Neeteson. “This landmark declaration affirms that the UN and the global poultry sector are aligned in a commitment to the pillars of sustainable development and their widespread benefits for today and the future.”