World Food Programme Chief Calls For Global Youth- Led Movement To Eradicate Hunger By 2030

NEW YORK – While a hunger-free world is within reach, a global movement of dedicated individuals and organizations is needed to achieve it within the next 15 years, the head of the world’s largest humanitarian agency said today.

“We are Generation Zero Hunger, committed to creating a world where no child, no woman, no man goes hungry even for a single day,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said following a packed gathering in New York of youth leaders from around the world, as well as prominent political, business and civil society figures.

“We have everything we need – the tools, the technology, the people. It is time to deliver, time to move from the conference room to our countries, and to deliver together a Zero Hunger world,” Cousin said.

Cousin’s remarks followed Friday’s adoption by world leaders of 17 transformational Sustainable Development Goals to be met by 2030. Goal 2 aims to “end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. Cousin underlined that all 17 Global Goals are interconnected and that hunger cannot be eradicated in isolation.

“We must empower young people to be the agents of innovation and change we need to realise Zero Hunger. We need to mobilise everyone, everywhere for action – from every sector and every field – and deliver on a new promise for a Zero Hunger world,” Cousin said.

She characterized Generation Zero Hunger as a movement encompassing youth entrepreneurs, activists, sports and entertainment stars, business leaders, civil society, as well as governments, local communities, and non-governmental organizations.

“Despite the extent of conflict, crisis, climate change and population growth in our world, we can achieve our target if we have the will. And we do. United, we will meet the Secretary General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, and build a world free from hunger and malnutrition,” she said.

Saturday’s Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger event was opened by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and other speakers included the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Kanayo F. Nwanze.

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