UN to launch new progress report on achieving Zero Hunger

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UN to launch new progress report on achieving Zero Hunger

FAO headquarters, 11 September 2018, 11:00 CEST

Snapshot on global hunger and malnutrition, and analysis of their main drivers

On 11 September 2018, the new edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World will be launched by five UN agencies – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity.

It is an important yardstick in measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger.

The report also offers analysis of the drivers of hunger and malnutrition, and this year includes a special focus on the impact of climate variability and extremes.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World will be launched at a news conference at FAO’s headquarters on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at 11:00 CEST.

The event will be webcast live, and simultaneous translation will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

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Journalists should acquire accreditation in advance to avoid delays on the day of the launch. Please send scans of: a valid press card or letter of assignment on company stationery, plus photo ID, to FAO-newsroom@fao.org. You will need to bring these materials with you on the day to gain access to FAO. Accreditation queries: (+39) 06 570 53625

What: News conference to present The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018

When: Tuesday 11 September 2018, 11:00 CEST

Who: José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, IFAD, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF (by video, to be confirmed), David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO (by video, to be confirmed)

Where: Sheikh Zayed Media Centre, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla (Metro stop Circo Massimo)


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