UN Secretary-General’s Food Security Task Force Commits to Actions to Achieve Zero Hunger Challenge
New York, February 2013 – The heads of 23 United Nations and Bretton Woods institutions committed at Headquarters 8 February to urgent action for coordinated, comprehensive efforts to achieve the Zero Hunger Challenge with attainment of the Millennium Development Goal on poverty and hunger as the first step and an emphasis in the post-2015 development agenda. The commitment came after a meeting of the United Nations system’s High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security, chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The institutions on the Task Force prioritized food security and nutrition as an essential element of human security, particularly in crisis situations such as Mali and Syria. Over the next two years the United Nations system will ramp up its efforts to ensure that: all food systems are sustainable; everyone has access to food; smallholders’ incomes and productivity are doubled; zero children younger than two are stunted; and that no food is lost or wasted.
The Task Force will also encourage principled and accountable multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve these ends.
Triggered by the crisis stemming from a dramatic rise of global food prices, the United Nations Chief Executives Board in April 2008 established the High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security. Under the leadership of the Secretary-General, the Task Force brings together the heads of the United Nations specialized agencies, funds and programmes, as well as relevant parts of the United Nations Secretariat, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Trade Organization. The Task Force’s primary aim is to promote a comprehensive and unified response to the challenge of achieving global food security, including by facilitating the creation of a prioritized plan of action and coordinating its implementation.
Following the 2012 Rio+20 conference, the Secretary-General launched the Zero Hunger Challenge, which invites all countries to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient.
For more information, visit High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis and Millennium Development Goals.