The Zero Hunger Challenge 2013
The Zero Hunger Challenge is aimed at ensuring that everyone has year-round access to adequate food that there are no stunted children under 2 years of age, that all food systems are sustainable, that small farmers double their productivity and income, and that there is zero loss or waste of food by 2025. At regional level, this Guiding Framework is presented to senior officials of the UN Member States in the region on the occasion of the Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific convened by ESCAP in December 2013. The Conference, in its Bangkok declaration, recognizes the importance of the Zero Hunger Challenge for regional cooperation to assist countries with special needs, such as least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States. Secondly, the Guiding Framework, once launched at ESCAP’s Ministerial Conference in mid-December, will be followed up through the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) as well as the UN Country Team (UNCT) at country level as appropriate. The ultimate goal of this Guiding Framework is to assist Member Countries in Asia and the Pacific in the formulation and implementation of zero hunger initiatives through the process of multi-stakeholder consultation and coordination at country level. It provides a desirable set of goals as well as guidance and support to translate the Challenge into concrete actions in the area of food security. Indeed, national-level actions are key for the success, which should be initiated as soon as possible. At the initial stage, a selected number of pilot countries may be identified to formulate a national action plan and implement the national Zero Hunger Challenge with the support from the UN team.