The Sustainable Development Goals are adopted by the United Nations in an historic summit.


New York, USA, 25 September 2015 - On behalf of the global fertilizer industry, IFA Chairman Abdulrahman Jawahery congratulates the world’s leaders for adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in New York today. “The SDGs adopted today - following many years of productive and inclusive dialogue- set an important roadmap for the entire international community to pursue sustainable development. This represents an impressive achievement, and the onus is now on all of us to roll up our sleeves and implement these ambitious but feasible goals.” The SDGs come into effect from 2016 and run to 2030.

IFA and its members have been actively engaging in the post-2015 debate, and applaud in particular the emphasis placed on improved productivity and improved access to inputs by smallholder farmers, for the promotion of agricultural research and extension services and support for investment in rural infrastructure, as well as the focus placed on the need for more sustainable agricultural production. “Plant nutrients – of organic and mineral nature – contribute to many of the 17 SDGs, but of course mainly to Goal 2 on eradicating hunger and malnutrition” said IFA Director General Charlotte Hebebrand. “Balanced and correct fertilizer use plays an important role in sustainable agricultural intensification, which allows for greater productivity and a wiser use of limited natural resources, and also minimizes nutrient losses to the environment, including to the world’s oceans, as highlighted in Goal 14.”

The focus now switches to the Indicators, which are still under negotiation and overseen by the UN High Level Political Forum. IFA’s commitment to the SDGs and post-2015 agenda continues, a fact reinforced through the presence of a delegation to the SDG Summit and the UN Global Compact Private Sector Forum, comprising of Tip O’Neill CEO of International Raw Materials Ltd and Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara, as well as Barrie Bain, Senior UN Adviser, on behalf of the Secretariat.


Notes to Editors

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry, which provides the crop nutrients that allow farmers everywhere to meet the world's growing food, feed, fiber and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training. IFA has some 550 members in about 86 countries.

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