Are we losing the battle against world hunger? Address to the World Affairs Council, San Francisco, United States
Eliminating poverty and hunger is the number one target of the Millennium Development Goals - endorsed not only by the UN but by the leaders of all of our countries. Poverty has been reduced in many developing countries; and with regard to hunger, WFP can testify that it has "graduated" many of them from the ranks of food aid recipients: China is the most recent in a list that also includes the Philippines, Brazil and Mexico. And yet, five years after the Summit that proclaimed those noble goals, we are badly lagging. The second Millennium goal - achieving universal primary education - will also not be achieved until children get enough to eat.