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World Food Day, 16 October 2016

World Food Day Ceremony

The Director-General of FAO was joined by the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco and Macharia Kamau, United Nations Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate for the official World Food Day ceremony at FAO Headquarters on 14 October.

The message to the world leaders, local authorities, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and all citizens was that climate change, hunger and poverty must be addressed together in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the international community.

A special message was also read from Pope Francis and the heads of the other UN Rome-based agencies, IFAD and WFP delivered their annual World Food Day statement.

The official celebration of World Food Day at FAO Headquarters coincided with the second Mayors’ Annual Summit where mayors and senior officials from cities discussed progress made in meeting the goals of the “Milan Urban Food Policy Pact”. This is the first international protocol that calls on cities to develop sustainable food systems that grant healthy and accessible food to all, protect biodiversity and reduce food waste, while adapting to climate change and mitigating its effects.

Watch the World Food Day ceremony here.


World Food Day 2016 - Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.