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Pathways to Zero Hunger event at UNGA71

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pathways-to-zero-hunger-std_h-e1473262436669On September 22, 2016, the “Pathways to Zero Hunger” event brought to the forefront the important conversation about achieving Zero Hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 with some of the most influential leaders in the field. The event was held during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Zero Hunger Challenge will continue to offer a space for diverse partners to come together behind the common objective. As I end my term in office, I’m asking FAO, WFP and IFAD to take my challenge forward. I am confident they will not rest until Zero Hunger is a reality.”

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

Guests were welcomed by David Nabarro, UN Special Advisor on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered opening remarks. Other speakers included the presidents of two SUN Countries of Togo and Ghana, and SUN Movement Lead Group members Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme and Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Coorperation and Development.

One of the major programmes we have used to reduce malnutrition especially in the rural areas is the Ghana school feeding programme. This is a programme that currently feed 1.7 million children in Ghana, 1 million a day and we are looking to expand that. It is a fully funded Government of Ghana programme and it has been very highly successful in terms of reducing malnutrition”

President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama.

Follow the conversation online with #ZeroHunger.

This goes beyond standard patterns inter-ministerial, governmental systems in order to involve the civil society and private sector. So the participation of civilians is very important in particular to eradicate poverty and hunger.”

President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé.

The event was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), in cooperation with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact and the support of the Government of Italy.

Watch the webcast at UN WEB TV

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