World Food Day Rome, 16 October

World Food Day Ceremony

The Director-General spoke at FAO's global 75th Anniversary/World Food Day virtual event in Rome, which brought together Pope Francis; Italy's President; Lesotho's King and Spain's Queen - FAO Special Goodwill Ambassadors for Nutrition; UN's Secretary General; and the heads of IFAD and WFP. The global World Food Day ceremony was followed by a lecture from Joachim von Braun from Germany. Read more here. Watch here the webcast of the WFD global event.

Speeches in order of delivery

Mr QU Dongyu
Director-General
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

His Holiness
Pope Francis

His Excellency
Sergio Mattarella
President of the Republic of Italy

Mr António Guterres
UN Secretary-General

His Majesty
King Letsie III of Lesotho
FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for Nutrition

Her Majesty
Queen Letizia of Spain
FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for Nutrition

Mr Gilbert F. Houngbo
President International Fund for Agricultural Development

Mr David M. Beasley
Executive Director World Food Programme

Video mapping show

The Director-General QU Dongyu was joined by Italian authorities for the presentation of two video mapping shows in Rome (one at FAO's headquarters and the other at the Colosseum) to celebrate FAO's 75th anniversary on World Food Day .

In a stirring tribute to the UN agency and its work, the video mapping show celebrated food heroes and encouraged global solidarity efforts for the transformation of food systems.

The video mapping show was possible with the support and collaboration of the Italian government and the Rome Municipality.

Read more here.

Video of the event can be accessed here


Events around the world

Every year, a large number of events – from marathons and hunger marches, to exhibitions, cultural performances, contests and concerts – are organised in up to 150 countries across the world to celebrate World Food Day. Despite these unprecedented times, many events are taking place either digitally, or in line with physical distancing recommendations. Our media and advertising friends are also helping to spread the word! Remember to post your activity on the World Food Day map and download our free material for your events and activities!