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‘We must be voices of the hungry’

We will only achieve zero hunger if we speak on behalf of those unable to represent themselves.

14 Oct 2013 - We will only achieve zero hunger if we speak on behalf of those unable to represent themselves. That was a key message during an event titled “Zero Hunger: are we ready?” at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, on Friday, 11 October.

“Hungry people have no voice, they are different from all others,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva (pictured, left).

“We need to speak on their behalf, if we don’t they will have no voice.” The event was held on the sidelines of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the world's most important intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder platform for food security and nutrition.

Graziano da Silva added: “CFS has a unique role, it is the only forum that brings together civil society, private sector and governments. We need one, common voice to face these issues.”

Representatives of governments, civil society, private sector and other organizations, as well as UN agencies, were present at the side-event, where there was consensus about genuine progress towards achieving the goal of zero hunger.

“This effort to eliminate hunger is real, it’s now embedded, it’s now in our collective hands,” said David Nabarro, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition. For details on the outcome of the latest Committee on World Food Security, click here.