Pathways to Zero Hunger
“Achieving Zero Hunger is our shared commitment.
Now is the time to work as partners and build a truly global movement to ensure the Right to Food for all and to build sustainable agriculture and food systems."
Transforming Our Food Systems to Transform Our World
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations member-states have committed to a comprehensive, integrated and universal transformation. The Agenda is people-centred and based on human rights and social justice. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals cannot happen without ending hunger and malnutrition and without having sustainable and resilient, climate-compatible agriculture and food systems that deliver for people and planet. This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food; women are empowered; and priority is given to family farming. It requires a renewed focus on how to respond to crises, while all the time building capabilities and resilience within individuals’ and communities’ long-term and proactive strategies that deliver for people and planet. Experience has shown that, with the right mix of policies and political leadership, and with all those who can contribute playing their role, ending hunger and undernutrition is possible.
The Zero Hunger Challenge was launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012. The Zero Hunger vision reflects five elements from within the SDGs, which taken together, can end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition, and build inclusive and sustainable food systems. The ZHC has contributed to a changed narrative. It has inspired action at country level and contributed to ensuring that food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture have remained high on the global development agenda. It has encouraged all to work together towards ending hunger.
A lasting end to hunger and malnutrition cannot be achieved in isolation; achieving Zero Hunger calls for realizing the totality of the 2030 Agenda in ways that benefit everyone, everywhere. Mirroring the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda, the ZHC promotes integrated approaches that respond to the multiple, interconnected causes of hunger and malnutrition. The comprehensiveness of the approach reflects the reality of the challenges people face everywhere as they seek better agriculture and food systems that deliver improved nutrition and sustainable and resilient rural communities. It appreciates the role of food systems in safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity and promoting climate justice. Grounded in the right of everyone to have access to adequate, safe and nutritious food, the Zero Hunger vision can significantly contribute to the massive transformations needed to deliver on this ambitious Agenda.
Within the 2030 Agenda, it is now the time to renew the call to action for zero hunger and malnutrition, and for the deep transformations required on agriculture and food systems to build an inclusive, safe, sustainable and resilient society. The ZHC provides a platform that brings together governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and others for collective impact in the area of food security, nutrition and sustainable food systems.
Ending hunger and malnutrition, delivering on the 2030 Agenda
Pathways to 2030
The 2030 Agenda sets out a variety of paths for implementation beyond business as usual: these imply novel relationships and ways of working. This means bringing together a diverse and rich constellation of individuals, organisations and entities that, at all levels, are guided by the vision of a sustainable zero hunger and zero poverty world. The Zero Hunger Challenge seeks to anchor this vision, bringing together the essential elements while serving as a “platform of platforms” where this constellation can build synergies, learn and move together. These elements are channelled through a series of pathways for action.
- Leaving no one behind
- Human rights
- Coherent policies and coordinated action at national, regional and global level
- Inclusive multi-stakeholder stewardship, at all levels
- Transformational implementation
- Investment in sustainable production and consumption, including sustainable food and nutrition systems
- Women as mothers, farmers and entrepreneurs
- Reshaping agriculture and food systems in the face of climate change
The Zero Hunger Challenge: a Renewed Call to Action
Vision, Mission and Principles
The ZHC will look to the following references as the basis to guide the development of commitments in support of the Challenge:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security; ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work; Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition; Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security; Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems; Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises; Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business; UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; UN Global Compact 10 Principles; Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration); Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs
Pathways for Engagement
Partnering for Nourishing our People, Nurturing our Planet, Growing Prosperity, Harvesting Peace
Mutual learning, transparency and accountability
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on stakeholders to report on their contribution to implementation. Fostering transparency and accountability is an essential pillar of transformative organisations, platforms and partnerships.
All individuals, initiatives, partnerships and platforms that join the Challenge commit to principles of acting with integrity, reporting transparently, and being accountable to those at risk of hunger and malnutrition through existing national and international mechanisms. The ZHC serves as a hub for sharing of collective efforts – with mutual analysis, sharing of experiences and learning lessons that contribute to realizing the vision.
The ZHC seeks to serve as a hub for increased mutual learning and transparency where collective global efforts towards Zero Hunger can be aggregated and shared. As a platform for individual and joint commitments, the ZHC is committed to establishing clear criteria and standards against which its supporters, participants and champions can be held accountable for their actions in support of the Challenge. The ZHC will work with partners to put in place a transparent and independent due diligence process.
The ZHC’s objective is to serve as an incentive for all stakeholders to reinforce their own accountability mechanisms, serve as a platform for broader transparency, and build on the existing accountability and transparency mechanisms. The ZHC will work with existing mechanisms, such as the United Nations Global Compact, on the development of a robust accountability process that avoids overlap, duplication and multiple reporting.
The ZHC will report on a yearly basis on progress on the different commitments made by its members. In order to ensure that the contribution of the ZHC is captured as part of the broader effort to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, a relationship whereby the Committee on World Food Security is updated on ZHC progress on an annual basis will be explored.