Exploring the Link Between Conflict and Global Hunger

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Exploring the Link Between Conflict and Global Hunger

NEW YORK – As new evidence in the 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) shows the number of hungry people in the world continues to rise -- reaching 821 million in 2017 -- journalists are invited to join world leaders as they discuss the complex link between those increasing hunger rates and conflict.

What: With hunger on the rise for the third year in a row, this compelling discussion of preventing conflict and building resilient societies will address conflict and food security, including the recently adopted UN Security Council Resolution 2417, which establishes a link between hunger and conflict.

Where: Conference Room 3, UN Headquarters

When: Tuesday 25 September, 18:30 to 20:00

Opening remarks by Secretary-General António Guterres, followed by:

  • Minister for Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation of the Netherlands Sigrid Kaag
  • Minister of Agriculture of Niger Albade Abouba
  • EU Commissioner of International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica
  • African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Josefa Sacko
  • USAID Administrator Mark Green
  • Vice Minister for Development of Sweden Eva Svedling
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Director General José Graziano da Silva
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development President Gilbert F. Houngbo
  • World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley
  • Action Contre la Faim CEO Véronique Andrieux

The meeting is co-hosted by The Netherlands, the United States, the European Union, Sweden, and the Rome-based UN food agencies: The Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme. Discussions will be conducted in English and French with translation provided. It is open to all with UN Grounds Passes or Special Events badges.  You can watch the discussion live on: http://webtv.un.org/ or follow us on twitter for real time updates on @FAONewYork @grazianodasilva @IFAD @WFP and #ZeroHunger

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

IFAD has invested in rural people for 40 years, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided about US$20.4 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached some 480 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub. 

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