Three years after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his Zero Hunger Challenge, governments, groups and people around the world have built a global movement to end hunger – end it in our lifetimes, and end it once and for all.
“In a world of plenty, no one – not a single person – should go hungry.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Inspired by the success of countries like Brazil in reducing hunger, and recognising the need to address the “daily emergency” of hunger and malnutrition around the world, the Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC) was launched by the Secretary-General at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. He called on everyone to take action that would reduce the number of undernourished people – more than 870 million at the time – and help build sustainable food systems that could provide adequate nutritious food to all people all year round while supporting smallholder and family farmers.
Since 2012, more than 130 countries have aligned with the ZHC through regional commitments, frameworks and initiatives. National policies and programmes for zero hunger are being put into place in more than 40 countries. The 23 UN agencies, funds and programmes of the High-Level Task Force for Global Food Security have aligned their collective work plans around the elements and vision of the Zero Hunger Challenge. And thousands and thousands of people around the world are raising their voices to call for and pledge action towards a world with Zero Hunger.
Did you know? The vision of the Zero Hunger Challenge has been fully taken up in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more.
The Zero Hunger Challenge was a call to action on the as-yet-unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals, and a vision for the future ahead. This spring, the UN’s report on the State of Food Insecurity (SOFI 2015) reported that 72 countries have reached the target of the first MDG to halve the proportion of hunger people. World hunger has fallen to 795 million people, or one in nine. However, there is no room for complacency. And governments around the world are now working to towards a sustainable development agenda that will end poverty and hunger for all by 2030. This agenda will be universal – it will bring everyone together to ensure no one is left behind.
The time has come for the world to come together in a global movement to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and create sustainable agriculture and food systems. 2015 is a time for global action – and everyone has a part to play.
On the third anniversary of the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge, it’s time for global citizens to come together and do their part. Daily actions, big and small, can make a difference.
Join the Zero Hunger Challenge and make your pledge:eliminate food waste from your home or office
advocate for better nutrition in your cafeteria, your schools and your community
ensure the food you eat is sustainably sourced and grow
What else can you think of?
Visit The Zero Hunger website to learn about some of the actions taking place for zero hunger.
Sign the ZHC Declaration and share your commitment online.
Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.
Raise the call with your local and national politicians, with your friends and family. Raise the call for Zero Hunger out loud!The world is taking on the Zero Hunger Challenge – are you?