This piece was originally printed on the Zero Hunger Challenge blog: http://blog.zerohungerchallenge.org/global-goals-zero-hunger/
2015 presents a historic and unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries and citizens of the world together to decide and embark on new paths to improve the lives of people everywhere. These decisions will determine the global course of action to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change.
In September, countries will adopt a new sustainable development agenda and in December a new global agreement on climate change. The actions taken in 2015 are expected to result in new sustainable development goals that build on the eight Millennium Development Goals..
More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.
On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years:
- End extreme poverty.
- Fight inequality & injustice.
- Fix climate change.
The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.
Among these, a goal for Zero Hunger.
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food.
If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment. Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities.
A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.
The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.
If the goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. The Global Goals campaign says that you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. You can’t convince world leaders to do what needs to be done if you don’t know what you’re convincing them to do. If the goals are famous, they won’t be forgotten. We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change.
Help spread the word, and show your support for Goal 2: ZERO HUNGER – in conversation, on e-mail, in debate, on products, at home, at work, at school – whatever it takes to Tell Everyone.