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UN.- Guterres stresses that “food is peace” and denounces the “atrocity” of hunger in a “world of plenty”

01/01/1970 A mother feeds her malnourished son in Burkina Faso POLITICA AFRICA BURKINA INTERNATIONAL FASO © UNICEF / JADWIGA FIGULA 01/01/1970 A mother feeds her malnourished son in Burkina Faso POLITICA AFRICA BURKINA INTERNATIONAL FASO © UNICEF / JADWIGA FIGULA

MADRID, 17 (EUROPA PRESS)

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, lamented today that “hunger is an atrocity in a world of abundance” like the one we live in, after highlighting the “important” role that food security plays in the consolidation of peace throughout the world, since “food is peace”.

In a conference with the executive board of the World Food Program (WFP), Guterres has indicated that “an empty stomach is a huge hole in the heart of a society” after praising the work of the program that delivers food in “places more remote, in the most dangerous situations, in the most challenging contexts “, with” enormous commitment, generosity and competence “.

For Guterres, WFP not only provides “hope” by helping people meet their immediate needs for food and nutrition, but also “by allowing people to change their lives.”

In this sense, he pointed out that under the decision to deliver the Nobel Peace Prize to the WFP this year, the important message that “food is peace” is gathered, something for which he has expressed satisfaction, given the recognition of the “absolutely exceptional” work of the program.

“You are messengers of peace, so essential for our global ceasefire,” stressed the highest representative of the UN, who also recalled the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the worsening of food security world. Guterres stressed that “hunger is increasing again” and that “famine is threatening several countries again.”

WFP figures reveal that 690 million people do not have enough to eat, of whom 130 million are at risk of being on the brink of starvation by the end of the year, something “totally unacceptable” for Guterres.

Despite WFP’s work, the High Representative highlighted the “huge” funding gap for the program, which has amounted to some $ 5 billion, and has therefore launched an appeal to the international community to remedy it, as well as to that a set of massive rescue measures be adopted for the most vulnerable people and countries.

Finally, Guterres has committed to “food systems that provide decent and safe livelihoods”, which will be “essential” for a “sustainable and inclusive” recovery from the ravages caused by the coronavirus health crisis.