We believe in Youth – your generation WILL end hunger!

International Youth Day is one week away - what will youdo on August 12th to effect change?

Today hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Millennium Development Goal #1 is to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger.

Last month, World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran, expressed her enthusiasm at the WFP Hunger Seminar in London. “You [today’s students] are the generation that will end hunger… In the future we want our grandchildren to ask us what hunger and starvation were.”

This is our chance to be the change

With the keys to the future are in our hands, there is no reason why we can't make global changes. The theme of International Youth Day this year is ‘’Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,’’ which encourages us to transcend generational, cultural, and geographic barriers to advance global peace and security. We, in our teens and 20s, need to work together to end hunger.

Many celebrities have given their name and support to humanitarian causes. Actress Drew Barrymore is a WFP Ambassador supporting the agency in delivering life-saving food in emergencies, providing communities with the tools to build assets, helping them connect to markets and ensure food security. Drew told Huffington Post : “They [youth] are our future and not only should we not stand in their way or look away, we should enable them to become those human heroes that we all need”.

The ‘Students and Teachers’ section of WFP’s website highlights the efforts of young people around the world to create a better tomorrow. Log on to get involved!

So what will you do on International Youth Day?

• Join WFP on Facebook – connect with youth around the world on issues you care about

• Follow us on Twitter for updates on emergencies and ways to get involved

Blog Against Hunger tell people how you feel about Hunger and you may win the title of WFP ‘Blogger of the Week’

• You are one of the one billion people online; spread the word about hunger through the Billion for a Billion campaign

• Be inspired: Youth around the world are already taking action - read about and network with students in India at Youth Ki Awaaz

Click here to tell WFP what you did for International Youth Day 2010 and we’ll put the best stories, videos and photos on our website.