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UN to launch new report on world hunger and nutrition

FAO headquarters, 15 September 2017, 12:30 CEST

On 15 September 2017, five UN agencies – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the UN World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – will publish the first-ever consolidated UN report on progress towards eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

This new edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World gives updated estimates of the number and proportion of hungry people on the planet and includes data for the global, regional, and national levels.

It offers a significant update on the shifting global milieu that is today affecting people's food security and nutrition, in all corners of the globe.

This is the first time that UNICEF and WHO join FAO, IFAD and WFP in preparing the annual State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report. This change reflects the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) broader view on hunger and all forms of malnutrition. The report includes enhanced metrics for quantifying and assessing hunger, including two indicators on food insecurity and six indicators on nutrition

It will be launched at a news conference at FAO’s headquarters on 15 September 2017.
The event will be webcast live. Spanish and Italian interpretation will be provided.


Journalists should accredit in advance to avoid delays on the day of the launch. Please send scans of: a valid press card or letter of assignment on company stationery, plus picture ID, to:

You will need to bring these materials with you on the 15th to gain access to FAO. Accreditation queries: (+39) 06 570 53625

What: News conference to present The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017

When:    Friday 15 September 2017, 12:30 CEST


José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, IFAD
David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO
(video message)
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
(via video link, TBC)

Where: Sheikh Zayed Media Centre, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy | Viale delle Terme di Caracalla (Metro stop Circo Massimo)

For more information, contact:

George Kourous, FAO
(+39) 06 570 53168
(+39) 348 141 6802

Caroline Chaumont, IFAD
(+39) 349 662 0155

Frances Kennedy, WFP
(+39) 06 6513 3725
(+39) 346 7600806

Yemi Lufadeju, UNICEF
(+1) 212 326 7029
(+1) 917 213 4034

Paul Garwood, WHO
(+41) 22 7911578
(+41) 79 603 7294