UN food security task force commits to actions towards ending hunger

February 9, 2013 9:43 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 9 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday chaired a meeting of the UN system's High Level Task Force on Global Food Security that committed to urgent action toward ending hunger.

"The heads of 23 UN and Bretton Woods institutions committed to urgent action for coordinated, comprehensive efforts to achieve the Zero Hunger Challenge — with attainment of the Millennium Development Goal on poverty and hunger as the first step and an emphasis in the post-2015 development agenda," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.

The Zero Hunger Challenge is an initiative launched by the secretary-general last year to encourage collaborative action by civil society members and UN departments to achieve aggressive goals in creating more food security.

Food security is one of the top priorities Ban listed when he began his second term as the secretary-general.

The goals of the Zero Hunger Challenge were a focus of the Friday meeting, Nesirky said. "Over the next two years the UN system will ramp up its efforts to ensure that: all food systems are sustainable; everyone has access to food; smallholders' incomes and productivity are doubled; zero children younger than two are stunted; and that no food is lost or wasted."

In the meeting, they also "prioritized food security and nutrition as an essential element of human security, particularly in crisis situations such as Mali and Syria," said Nesirky.

Overall, these actions "will encourage principled and accountable multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve these ends," he said. (PNA/Xinhua)

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