World Food Day: FAO Ambassadors to spread Food for All message


"Youth against Hunger":
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FAO Ambassadors Bridgewater, Makeba, Levi Montalcini and Lollobrigida (left to right) at the World Food Day Ceremony at Headquarters 15 October
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On the occasion of World Food Day, four world-renowned personalities have been named Ambassadors of FAO by Director-General Jacques Diouf to support the Organization in its fight against world hunger.

Nobel Prize winner in medicine Rita Levi Montalcini, actress Gina Lollobrigida, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and singer Miriam Makeba will carry the message of World Food Day and TeleFood - Food for All - to the public, increasing awareness of world hunger and appealing for international solidarity to finance its defeat.

World Food Day is observed every year on 16 October, the day FAO was founded in 1945. TeleFood is an annual global campaign of broadcasts, concerts and other events dedicated to building a world free of hunger.

"Youth against Hunger" is the theme of TeleFood/World Food Day 1999. All TeleFood events in all countries are putting the spotlight on the problem of hunger in the world and highlighting the contribution of young people to the battle against world hunger.

Said Dr Jacques Diouf, in his World Food Day Message, "This year's World Food Day and TeleFood theme 'Youth against Hunger' has been chosen both to underline the role of young people in the fight against hunger and malnutrition and to provide a strategic opportunity for their involvement in the campaign to achieve food for all."

Slovakia's president Rudolf Schuster, Italian Minister of Agriculture Paolo de Castro and FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf addressed the World Food Day Ceremony at FAO Headquarters on October 15.

On October 19, Dr M.S. Swaminathan, one of the leaders of India's "Green Revolution" in the 1960s, delivered the keynote speech at the World Food Day Ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Other speakers included Dr Jacques Diouf, UN Deputy Secretary-General Ms Louise Frechette, and Mr Theo Ben Gurirab, Foreign Minister of Namibia and current President of the UN General Assembly.


Listen to or download an audio report on the occasion of World Food Day/TeleFood: "FAO names ambassadors to support its campaign against world hunger." Includes the testimonial of FAO Ambassador jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. (Duration: 1 min 39 sec.)

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