The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) proudly endorsed the International Dairy Fund (IDF) Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, a commitment by the global dairy industry to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Dairy Declaration is a global platform designed to support key sustainability outcomes including ending poverty and hunger and protecting the environment. It was launched at the IDF World Dairy Summit in Rotterdam on Wednesday, 19th October 2016 and has been endorsed by the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
ADIC Chair, Terry Richardson, said the endorsement of the Declaration reflects our strong support for sustainable development, as evidenced by the Australian dairy industry’s Sustainability Framework.
“The Australian dairy industry is committed to finding innovative solutions and building capacity to develop the sustainable food systems and resillient agricultural practices envisaged by the goals,” said Mr Richardson.
“Our industry has a key role to play in protecting the environment, addressing climate change as well as providing nutritious food for consumers and a source of income for millions of people worldwide.”
Dairy Australia Managing Director, Ian Halliday, welcomed the ADIC and wider industry commitment to the Declaration.
“The Declaration provides a positive set of goals for the industry to work towards and complements our existing sustainability framework,” he said.
The ADIC looks forward to working with all IDF and FAo to implement the Declaration and contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.