UN chief highlights role of SDGs in ending hunger

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WFP school meals are served up at an educational centre in Kibera, Kenya. Copyright: WFP/Challiss McDonough

The number of undernourished people worldwide has dropped by nearly 70 million over the past four years, the UN Secretary-General announced on Thursday.

Ban Ki-moon is spurring world leaders to continue the battle to make "zero hunger" a reality.

Charles Appel reports.

The Secretary-General launched the Zero Hunger Challenge at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development held in Brazil in 2012. 

The initiative outlined his goal of a world free from hunger and malnutrition within a generation. 

Mr Ban said this vision now lies at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

World leaders adopted the goals during the 2015 UN General Assembly. 

"The pledge of the Sustainable Development Goals is to leave no one behind: the hungry, the children whose future depends on safe and nutritious food for their bodies and brains to develop; the small family farmers forced to migrate from impoverished lands. Our goal is to transform agriculture and food systems to drive rural prosperity and end poverty; to put agriculture at the heart of the solution to climate change; to build peaceful societies through food security." 

Mr Ban will leave the UN at the end of this year. 

He noted that many countries have committed to the Zero Hunger Challenge. 

He encouraged UN agencies which work to address hunger and agricultural development to carry the challenge forward. 

Charles Appel, United Nations. 

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