United Nations launches Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific

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Jan Eliasson

The United Nations on Monday called on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers in Asia and Pacific to join hands to end hunger in the region.

The call was made at the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge, in Bangkok, Thailand, in the presence of leaders from the region.

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, said many countries in Asia and the Pacific are placing food security at the top of their agenda.

"Defeating hunger is our shared duty and our shared responsibility. We cannot rest while so many people go hungry in a world where there is enough food for everyone. It is as simple as that. That's why the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Rio and that is why we are here today to launch this initiative in Asia and the Pacific region as well." (25")

Mr. Eliasson said everyone, everywhere and every day should have access to nutritious food by being able to either buy it, grow it themselves or get it through social protection schemes.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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