New York

18 January 2021

Secretary-General's video message to the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to greet the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture.

We are now five years into the 2030 Agenda and our common objective to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition.

Yet, in this world of plenty, nearly one person in ten still goes to bed hungry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made things worse.

Some 130 million extra people have been pushed into extreme poverty and hunger.

We need to intensify our efforts to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

The other Sustainable Development Goals depend on it.

We must also address humanity’s relationship with nature.

How we produce and consume food is a main driver of habitat destruction, biodiversity loss and climate change.

Our vision is a healthy planet where everyone, everywhere, has safe, secure and sustained access to the healthy diets they need.

This is fundamentally a question of human rights and dignity.

This year, I will convene a Food Systems Summit to inspire action towards this vision.

We need bold action to transform how we produce and consume food.

Our agri-food systems should provide everyone with access to a healthy diet, generate decent work opportunities and minimize waste. 

They should deliver economic, environmental, social and health benefits for all people and be resilient to shocks, especially from climate disruption.

This Forum has a key role to play as we look ahead to the Food Systems Summit.

I wish you a productive meeting.