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Bringing together United Nations and poultry industry goals for the future

Aviagen Group’s Anne-Marie Neeteson participates in signing of IPC’s declaration to adopt 5 UN Sustainable Development Goals

29 November 2019, at 3:41pm

From left: Anne-Marie Neeteson; Dr. Badi Besbes, Head of the Animal Production and Genetic Resources Unit of the FAO Animal Production and Health Division; Robin Horel, President International Poultry Council. (Photo courtesy of Jørgen Nyberg Larsen)

The International Poultry Council (IPC) and the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently signed a declaration, whereby the IPC will adopt five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for the poultry meat sector. 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. The relevant theme for this year’s conference was, “Sustainability.”

Aligning with the UN

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,” commented 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.”