The Mobilizing Generation #ZeroHunger event held on sidelines of the Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters brought together youth advocates and representatives from around the world, along with global leaders, policy makers and celebrities to address how mobilizing this generation of young people to champion sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition can help make zero hunger and sustainable development a reality.

The event was co-hosted by three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) – as well as the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and the Government of Ireland.

H.E. M. Michael Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, was glad to see all the young people at the United Nations determined to fight hunger. He commented that, “The event should focus on youth, particularly on the role of young people in areas such as farming and food production.”

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, spoke to the room full of young people and emphasized the need for youth to mobilize Generation #ZeroHunger:

Kaka, Football Player and WFP Ambassador against Hunger, joined Generation #ZeroHunger and encouraged young people to stay involved:

Youth Leader, Ms. Ellen Chilemba from Malawi, and founder of Tiwale Project, stressed the importance of women and youth in mobilizing Generation #ZeroHunger.

Also, Ms. Ana Lucia Marquez, from The Hunger Project Mexico, emphasized the need for government investment to empower family agriculture as a part of community-led development.

Mr. Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agricultrue Organization, spoke to the problem of access to, not supply of, food.

Speaking to the power and potential and commitment of young people, the President of the International Fund for Agriculture Organization, Mr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, spoke of the need to engage youth today and tomorrow.

WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, stressed the need for public will, and dedicated work, to acheive #ZeroHunger.

To end the event, Nobel Prize nominee, Victor Ochen, recounted surviving seven years of childhood having only one meal a day. He did not just know about hunger from books, he knew hunger from experience.

The zero hunger challenge aims to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their right to adequate food and that food systems everywhere are sustainable and resilient.