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Zero Hunger Declaration Signed In Davos

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On Thursday global leaders, including the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, committed their support for the Zero Hunger Challenge. “We are here to make a commitment to action. I have seen such progress with my own eyes, in my own country, in my own lifetime. And we have evidence of success in many other places,” said Secretary-General Ban at the event.

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WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin co-hosted the event. “Eliminating hunger is a moral imperative that the world cannot afford to ignore. It’s not just the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. Global stability, economic growth and human development will only be achieved when we secure food and nutrition for everyone around the world,” Cousin said.

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The signing ceremony took place at WFP’s Annual World Leaders event and awards dinner at Davos, co-hosted by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General David Nabarro (pictured).

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USAID Administrator Raj Shah also signed the Zero Hunger Challenge. By signing the Zero Hunger Declaration, global leaders showed their commitment to actively work to eradicate hunger, to encourage others to join activities to take the challenge, to advocate for actions and policies that achieve Zero Hunger and to hold themselves accountable to deliver on their promises.

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WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin with Royal DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma, another signatory to the Zero Hunger Challenge.

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At the event, WFP also honored three people with the WFP Hunger Hero Award, recognizing their leadership in addressing the challenges of ending hunger. Here, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, congratulates honoree Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Another WFP Hunger Hero Award winner, Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), with Royal DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma.

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Sam Dryden, Senior Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, poses with his WFP Hunger Hero Award.

Global leaders committed their support for the Zero Hunger Challenge at an event hosted by WFP. The Zero Hunger Challenge outlines a vision for a world in which each person has access to adequate, nutritious food, where food systems are sustainable and no food is wasted. Everyone – politicians, farmers, businesses, students and individual members of the public – can take actions that will help achieve Zero Hunger.