Jakarta: The covid-19 pandemic has further intensified food insecurity to a level not seen in decades, according to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Some 130 million people risk being pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of this year. This is on top of the 690 million people who already lack enough to eat.
"The award of this year’s Nobel Prize for Peace to the United Nations World Food Programme recognizes the right of all people to food, and our common quest to achieve zero hunger. In a world of plenty, it is a grave affront that hundreds of millions go to bed hungry each night," said Guterres in a statement on Friday.
"As we mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, we need to intensify our efforts to achieve the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals," he stated.
According to Guterres, that means a future where everyone, everywhere, has access to the nutrition they need.
To that end, the international community must make food systems more resistant to volatility and climate shocks, ensure sustainable and healthy diets for all, minimize food waste, provide decent and safe livelihoods for workers, and create a more resilient, equitable and sustainable world.
"Next year, I will convene a Food Systems Summit to inspire action towards this vision," he stated.