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World Food Day Official Ceremony 2017
©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti
16 October 2017, Rome--- Once again World Food Day is being celebrated all around the world, marking the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. Each year a topical theme is chosen by the Organization. And this year’s theme is “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”. UN figures show there are roughly 244 million international migrants, while 763 million migrate within their own countries. World Food Day 2017 takes place in the context of a world where more people have been forced to flee their homes due to increased conflict, political instability, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change.

Opening statement by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General (in English and Spanish).
11min. 33sec.

Keynote statement by His Holiness Pope Francis (in Spanish).
21min. 59sec.

Statements by (00:00)Maurizio Martina, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy of the Republic of Italy (Italian); (07:07)Lawrence MacAulay, Minister for Agriculture and Agri-food of Canada; (12:24)Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America; (16:46)Stéphane Travert, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France (French); (26:22)Peter Bleser, State Secretary for Food and Agriculture of Germany (German); (33:37) Therese Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment, United Kingdom; (39:42) Keiichi Katakami, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to FAO; (46:09)Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development; (54:02)David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme.
60min. 47sec.

Ben Davis, Leader of the FAO strategic programme on reducing world poverty, elaborates more on the connection between migration and global food security. Interview conducted by Murielle Sarr
6min. 19sec.
Topic(s): Climate change, Director-General, Food Security, Interview, Migration, Resilience, SDGs, World Food Day, Zero Hunger
Produced by: FAO
 
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