According to the speech of the UN Secretary-General published on the UN website, the level of hunger in the world increases again. As of today, 690 million people in the world suffer from a lack of food. António Guterres noted that currently, it is necessary to act decisively to prevent the problem.
“We must strengthen health systems, social protection, and we must have food systems as key part of the future. On the other hand, we need to ensure healthy diets for all and to minimize food waste. We need food systems that provide decent and safe livelihoods. So, clearly, the question of food is central in a sustainable and inclusive recovery,” the message said.
The Secretary-General noted that in 2020, the issue of starvation was successfully solved as the world leaders allocated funds. However, these funds might be not sufficient for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As we reported, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) became the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee, called on governments to ensure that WFP and other aid organizations receive the financial support necessary to feed them.