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UN to launch new progress report on achieving Zero Hunger

UN NY headquarters, 15 July 2019, 10:00. Press conference 13:00
Latest numbers on global hunger and malnutrition, and analysis of main drivers

On 15 July 2019, the latest edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World will be launched by five UN agencies – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity.

It is an important measure of global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger.

The report also offers analysis of the drivers of hunger and malnutrition, and this year includes a special focus on the impact of economic slowdowns and downturns.

Media are invited to attend a press conference with agency principals at 1pm on Monday 15 July in Press Briefing Room S-237 at UN headquarters in New York, as well as the official launch during the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) which starts at 10am.

The launch and press conference will also be webcast live (links to be inserted).



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What:           Launch of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019

When:          Monday 15 July 2019, 10:00 EDT

Who:             José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO

                         Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, IFAD

                         Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF

                         David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP

                         Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO (by video)


Where:         Launch event: Conference Room 1, UN headquarters New York, 10am

Press conference: Press Briefing Room S-237 at 1pm after the noon briefing.


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