Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres.

Rome: The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, urged this Friday to develop actions in favor of food systems that contribute to better nutrition, the environment and a better life for all people, Radio Havana Cuba publishes.

During a virtual and face-to-face meeting in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day on October 16, Guterres highlighted in a video message that the celebration of this day is above all a call to achieve food security throughout the world.

Currently almost 40 percent of humanity, three billion people, do not have access to a healthy diet, hunger is on the rise, as are undernourishment and obesity, he explained.

He commented that the economic repercussions of Covid-19 further aggravated an already bad situation and said that the pandemic left another 140 million people without access to necessary food.

The UN Secretary General mentioned the theme of the celebration to accelerate the transformation of agri-food systems to create a future without hunger, which makes it clear that ‘the power to change is in our hands, our actions are our future,’ he said. .

He also mentioned the last United Nations summit on food systems, in which nations made ambitious commitments to transform food systems, make healthy diets more affordable and accessible, and increase efficiency, resilience and sustainability.

Everyone can change the way they consume food and make healthier decisions, both for themselves and for the planet, there is hope in our food systems, Guterres emphasized while calling for adding transformative actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

At the official opening for the anniversary, QU Dongyu, FAO Director General, David M. Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP) and Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), spoke.

In addition, the messages of Pope Francis and the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, were presented and Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive President of the World Economic Forum, delivered a virtual speech, which led to a session.

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