Momentum builds to eliminate hunger worldwide

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WFP provides daily meals to 219,000 pupils, cooks and teachers in primary schools under the School Meals programme in Madagascar. Photo: WFP/Volana Rarivoson

Eliminating hunger worldwide has been described by the President of the UN General Assembly as a "fundamental issue of justice."

The push to achieve a world free of hunger is being discussed by global leaders following the adoption of a new development agenda at the UN on Friday.

The Global Goals call for food security worldwide as one of its primary targets.

Daniel Dickinson has the story.

Significant progress has already been made in addressing hunger, with a 50 per cent reduction over the last 15 years in the number of people not getting enough to eat.

Still, close to 800 million people remain undernourished worldwide, the majority of whom are young people.

Speaking at the "Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger" event, Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly said the issue of hunger is one that deserves urgent attention.

"Ensuring that women, men and children enjoy such basic rights as to food and water, and to live their lives in dignity, is a fundamental issue of justice."

The improvement of nutrition and the promotion of sustainable agriculture are the other key elements of the Global Goal on hunger.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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