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21.07.2023 | Press Release

UNFSS+2: Taking stock 2 years after the UN Food Summit

Press Statement by Welthungerhilfe Secretary General Mathias Mogge on the occasion of the "UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment" from July 24 to 26 2023 in Rome

A woman waters her crops in Burkina Faso.
A woman in Burkina Faso waters her crops. Mathias Mogge: "With enough political willpower, a strong international cooperation and the necessary financial resources we are able to end the hunger worldwide." © Happuc/Welthungerhilfe

Bonn/Berlin, 21. July 2023. From 24-26 July, the "UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment" will take place in Rome. At this meeting, which is planned two years after the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, stock of the current situation will be taken. Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe, said:

“In September, the Sustainable Development Goals reach their halftime. Unfortunately, we are far from overcoming global hunger by 2030. At the United Nations Food Systems Summit two years ago, countries around the world recognized the urgent need for a transformation of our food systems. The importance of the Grain Deal to the global food situation shows the weaknesses of the current system. Based on the action plans established since the last summit, a review will now take place in Rome.

The international community will be judged on whether it improves the situation of those most affected by malnutrition. Worldwide, 735 million people go hungry. Marginalized groups such as indigenous peoples, small farmers, women and youth are still not sufficiently involved as key actors in shaping this change. Next week's summit must urgently create a new momentum and offer agreements. The right to food must be at the center of the debate. The millions of hungry people around the world in particular have a right to sufficient and healthy food. With enough political willpower, a strong international cooperation and the necessary financial resources we are able to end the hunger worldwide”. 

Mathias Mogge is available for interview (English and German). 

For a virtual participation please register here. You can find the full program here.

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Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany and enjoys both political and religious independence. With courage and determination, Welthungerhilfe has been working towards a world without hunger since its inception on 14 December 1962, during which time it has provided funding of EUR 4.75 billion for more than 11,498 overseas projects in around 70 countries. Welthungerhilfe follows the principle of empowering people to help themselves to sustainably improve their living conditions: from fast disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organizations. 

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