Zero Hunger

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In his last speech as the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, stated: “Ev­ery­one eats. Ev­ery­one needs food. Yet around 795 mil­lion peo­ple in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy ac­tive life. That’s about one in nine peo­ple on earth”. The sec­re­tary gen­eral high­lighted the need for a global move­ment for ‘Zero Hunger’ by world lead­ers. No head of state has ex­pressed much con­cern on global poverty and the UN’s Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) yet. Although the US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama spoke about mi­gra­tion, he didn’t high­light the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with it in de­tail. Be­cause of the on­go­ing wars, peo­ple of Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iraq and other places have been mi­grat­ing to Amer­i­can and Euro­pean re­gions. This mass mi­gra­tion is strength­en­ing the global poverty. Brexit is the most re­cent ex­am­ple of the Euro­pean na­tions fac­ing cri­sis due to a largescale mi­gra­tion.

The burn­ing ques­tion is how Ban Ki-moon can put the alarm­ing mat­ter of poverty on plate. What poli­cies will be adopted by the suc­ceed­ing sec­re­tary gen­eral to curb poverty? The lack of in­ter­est of the lead­ers in point­ing out is­sues like global poverty and hunger cri­sis at the cur­rent UN ses­sion has made it nec­es­sary for the UN to bring the world lead­ers on the same page to achieve UN’s Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs).

Ai­jaz Ali Khuwaja,

Karachi.

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