Zero Hunger Challenge is launched in Timor-LesteListen /
A UN initiative to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific is being launched in the National Parliament of Timor-Leste on Thursday.
The United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, is aimed at ensuring that everyone has access to food all year round.
The campaign, supported by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is being launched in the presence of Princess Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of Timor-Leste.
Also participating in the launch is Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the head of ESCAP and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Timor-Leste.
The United Nations estimates that 870 million people around the world don't have enough food to eat.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, one in every eight people in Asia-Pacific is a victim of chronic hunger and nearly two-thirds of the world's chronically hungry people live in the region.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations