2019 World Food Day Special Event features a lecture by Professor Jeffrey Sachs


Rome, 16 October 2019 - World Food Day takes place annually on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UNO) in 1945. The event is held each year on a specific theme.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs at the FAO Headquarters
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs at the FAO Headquarters© FAO / Giulio Napolitano

On World Food Day 2019, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs gave a one-hour lecture on possible solutions for the implementation of SDG 2 (“Zero Hunger”) and the overcoming of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (and the challenges associated with it) at a special event at FAO headquarters.

Watch the full video below.


Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016.

He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development.

He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


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