Zero Hunger Challenge launch in Timor-Leste

The first United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge project in Asia and the Pacific will be launched in Timor-Leste tomorrow. 

Graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, supported by ESCAP, will launch the first United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific.

Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific on 29 April 2013 in the presence of top national leaders, calling on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to join hands to end hunger in the region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live.

The Asia-Pacific Zero Hunger Challenge was launched during the 69th ESCAP Commission session. The Regional Thematic Working Group on Poverty and Hunger is co-chaired by ESCAP, the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

The December 2013 Report of the Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific, E/ESCAP/MCREI/3, noted the role the campaign could play in regional food security.

“The Zero Hunger Challenge could provide a guideline for regional cooperation in the area of food security. Regional cooperation is particularly necessary to assist countries with special needs, such as least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.”