Another busy day at #UNGA: Day 2 saw the opening session of the General Assembly, the US-led summit on refugees, and the World Food Programme engaging in important conversations around food security, nutrition and zero hunger. Here’s a recap.
Food security & nutrition
WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin attended the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Business Advisory Group Meeting with the Coordinator of the SUN Movement Gerda Verburg. The private sector is one of the ways that nutritious food can reach people at scale, and so is an important partner of the World Food Programme in reaching zero hunger.
Rebooting the food system
WFP’s Ertharin Cousin teamed up with chef and healthy food campaigner Jamie Oliver, and Gunhild A Stordalen from the EAT Foundation to call for rebooting the food system so that all people have access to nutritious food.
The trio outlined their vision in an article, and also announced the beginning of a new global collaboration between the EAT Foundation, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) and WFP: one that takes aim at obesity, hunger, climate change and environmental degradation.
The UN General Assembly brings the world’s political and business leaders and decision makers to New York, so it’s an important opportunity to discuss WFP’s priorities and how, together, we can reach zero hunger.
The World Food Programme also signed an agreement with China that will see greater relief for women and children in Ethiopia and Somalia who are suffering from El Niño-related drought.
Forging a faith-inspired path to Zero Hunger
Excitement is building for the Breaking Bread interfaith event tonight, Wednesday 21 September, which will focus on forging a faith-inspired path to Zero Hunger. Partners for the event include Caritas, Islamic Relief, FAO and others. Find out more about the event here, and join in by following #BreakingBread.