Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2023

World Food Day

Every year, a large number of events – from marathons and hunger marches to exhibitions, cultural performances, contests and concerts – are organized in around 150 countries across the world to celebrate World Food Day. NGOs, journalists, governments, cities, civil society organizations and individuals, including youth, took advantage of this opportunity to call for action.

Explore the various events that took place for World Food Day.

World Food Day Flagship events 

This year's World Food Day Flagship events made waves! Watch the webcast of the Global World Food Day Ceremony and Junior World Food Day event.

On 16 October, the Heads of the Rome-based UN agencies and other special guests participated in the World Food Day ceremony, which also featured special messages from Pope Francis and the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres as well as the presentation of the FAO’s Achievement Award. Later in the week, on 19 October, the third edition of Junior World Food Day took place. Special guests, such as chefs, influencers and advocates, joined young people for music, art and dance, and shared stories to inspire water action for food.

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Events worldwide

Get inspired by the hundreds of events from World Food Day 2023!

A wide variety of events took place from cultural and educational activities to pro-bono advertising of the video spot in public squares and on transport services. World-renowned monuments also showed support by lighting blue in the night sky to raise awareness. Some cities got extra creative and planned video mapping and drone shows.


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