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On June 22, 2018, FAO welcomed 600 children from the "Focolari Movement" representing 17 countries for an event aimed at highlighting the crucial importance of the Zero Hunger Goal and World Food Day.

The conference, entitled “Our Actions Are Our Future. A #ZeroHunger World by 2030 is Possible”, held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, featured topics of discussion ranging from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to the actions that can be taken now, in order to ensure a better future for all.

Particular importance was given to the key role younger generations can play in building a world in which everyone has access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food to live a healthy and productive life.

Attendees of all ages learned how the youth of today can truly make a difference, and grow to become the first generation without hunger, both through concrete, individual action and by helping raise awareness about #ZeroHunger. The young visitors received detailed explanations of the Sustainable Development Goals and the unique opportunity for positive change that they offer. The children also learned about FAO’s leading role in achieving SDG 2 – Zero Hunger.

This was also a great opportunity to launch World Food Day youth initiatives, including the Zero Hunger Activity Book. This engaging children’s book explores the definition of Zero Hunger, examines real stories from those whose lives have improved thanks to FAO programmes and policies, and provides clear, informative facts explaining why the fight against hunger and malnutrition requires commitment by us all.

During the conference, the children were also awarded a Zero Hunger passport – the young Zero Hunger Citizens committed to supporting countries in accomplishing the 2030 Agenda through environmentally-friendly actions such as recycling, eating healthy food, living more energy-efficient lifestyles, etc.

The event also marked the beginning of this year’s edition of the World Food Day Poster Contest, in which young people from across the globe will draw a poster inspired by the theme of Zero Hunger. With approximately 10,000 participants last year, we hope to increase that number annually.

The conference championed the importance of engaging the young, while bringing generations together, in a shared commitment between people of all ages to act now, in order to shape a better and fairer future for all.