Zero Hunger challenge launched to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific

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“It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, with all of our technological and agricultural expertise, more than 870 million people globally wake up hungry every morning, says Noeleen Heyzer, the Head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). To defeat hunger, the Zero Hunger challenge was launched Monday, 29 April, in Bangkok, Thailand, to end hunger in the Asia-Pacific region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live.

Preparedness is key to resilience, say top Asia-Pacific Crisis Managers

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Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster prone region of the world, according to Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She says that almost two million people were killed by disasters in this region between 1970 and 2011 representing 75% of people who were killed in global disasters. Dr. Noeleen Heyzer adds that in 2011 alone, the economic damages and losses from disaster in the region totalled more than US 293 billion. She participated in the Ministerial Roundtable on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters and Major Economic Crises held in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday.

Producer : Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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