In much of the world, “hunger remains deeply entrenched and is rising”, the UN chief said on Monday, launching this year’s major UN food security update, highlighting that over the past five years, tens of millions of people have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished. More
The Forum will bring together member states, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to review the successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs.
Richard Curtis, a SDG Advocate, is a screen writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary – and leading up to the HLPF read what he has to say about the importance of the SDGs and why he regards them as the toolkit for the current and future generations.
A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says. In its latest report, the IRP – a consortium of 34 internationally renowned scientists, over 30 national governments and other groups hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – calls for a switch to a “resource-smart” food system that changes the way food is grown, harvested, processed, traded, transported, stored, sold and consumed. Continue reading →
Member countries of ASEAN have begun a two day consultation in collaboration with FAO to finalize a road map of priority actions for the implementation of a nutrition component for food security. The aim of the consultation is to firmly integrate nutrition into the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and the Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security (SPA-FS). FAO has been assisting ASEAN with development and implementation of its AIFS and SPA-FS 2015 – 2020. Continue reading →
The Asia-Pacific region has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG-1c) by reducing the proportion of people suffering from hunger by half by 2015, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced. “This is an historic achievement, a great milestone of which the Asia-Pacific region should be proud,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative. “Looking at the region as a whole, in the MDG base year of 1990, around 24 percent of the population was undernourished. Today, that percentage has been cut in half to 12 percent and thus has met the MDG hunger goal.” Continue reading →
Every year, authors, journalists, teachers, researchers, schoolchildren and students ask the World Health Organisation for statistics about hunger and malnutrition. To help answer these questions, they have compiled a list of useful facts and figures on world hunger. Continue reading →
With the deadline for the MDGs on the horizon, progress can be reported in most areas, despite the impact of the global economic and financial crisis. Several important targets have or will be met by 2015, assuming continued commitment by national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector. That said, progress in many areas is far from sufficient. Redoubled efforts are urgently needed, particularly in regions most behind to jumpstart advancement and achieve maximum gains. The world community should take pride in its accomplishments thus far, while building on existing momentum to reach as many goals as possible by 2015 and to realize gains for all. Continue reading →