News Alert: 2016 Global Hunger Index: GETTING TO ZERO HUNGER
On October 11, the eve of the Food2030 and FOODSECURE conferences and ahead of the UN’s World Food Day (October 16), humanitarian and human rights agencies including Concern Worldwide (Ireland), Welthungerhilfe (Germany), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (USA) will launch the 2016 Global Hunger Index at the Brussels Press Club, entitled: GETTING TO ZERO HUNGER.
The 2016 Global Hunger Index – the eleventh in an annual series – presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made progress in reducing hunger since 2000 but still has a long way to go to reach Zero Hunger by 2030, one of the goals set by last year’s Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. With levels of hunger remaining ‘alarming’ in many countries across the globe, the report also lays out policy recommendations to make Zero Hunger a reality for everyone. It is estimated that 795 million people are still facing hunger, an affront to humanity.
A primary aim of the 2016 Global Hunger Index is to emphasise the crucial role the European Union has in helping to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. “As a leader in the fight against hunger, Europe must ensure that all forms of hunger are appropriately and adequately addressed within the new development framework so that no one if left behind,” the International Food Policy Research Institute stated in advance of the launch.
The SMA Communications Centre will report on the launch and will seek to make the report available to our readers shortly after publication.