UN Calls on Youth to Help End Hunger
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Young entrepreneurs and activists, world leaders, policy makers and celebrities discussed ways to mobilize youth for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 on ending hunger and improving nutrition.

The high-level event - 'Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger' - was co-hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Government of Ireland.

Zero Hunger Challenge26 September 2015: Young entrepreneurs and activists, world leaders, policy makers and celebrities discussed ways to mobilize youth for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, on ending hunger and improving nutrition. The high-level event, titled ‘Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger,’ was co-hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Government of Ireland.

The event took place on 26 September 2015, in New York, US, on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th UN General Assembly (UNGA), said the drive of young people – whom he described as “Generation Zero Hunger” – will be “crucial to SDG implementation,” both as agents of changes and voices for change, and to ensure accountability to commitments and policies.

Michael Higgins, Ireland’s President, called for making SDG 2 “our moral imperative.”

Kanayo Nwanze, President, IFAD, stressed that each country should seek to mobilize the potential of its youth and provide them with opportunities to be able to achieve SDG 2.“People develop themselves. Development doesn’t come to you. If you don’t take responsibility for yourself and expect someone else to develop you then zero hunger will remain a dream,” said Nwanze. [UN Press Release] [UNGA President Remarks] [Zero Hunger Press Release]

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