Digital Celebrations of the World Food Day in Rome


Rome, 16 October 2020 - FAO Special Ambassadors, heads of the Rome-based UN agencies, and other keynote speakers will join FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu to mark FAO’s 75th anniversary during the global World Food Day ceremony on Friday, 16 October.

World Food Day Rome, 16 October
World Food Day Rome, 16 October© FAO

The digital event will also include messages and calls to action from

  • His Holiness Pope Francis,
  • the President of the Republic of Italy, and the
  • UN Secretary-General

to ensure that everyone, everywhere, recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and has access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need.


A digital lecture will be hosted by Professor Joachim von Braun from Germany on the ”Role of Policy, Innovation, Bio-economy and SDGs in Agri-Food System Transformation“ after the World Food Day ceremony.

Professor Joachim von Braun is

  • Chair of the Scientific Group for the UN Secretary General’s Food Systems Summit,
  • Professor for economic and technological change and
  • Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at University of Bonn.

Video mapping show

FAO’s first-ever video mapping show will mark FAO’s 75th anniversary at the world-renowned Colosseum in Rome on World Food Day and on the façade of the FAO headquarters’ building.

Food heroes will be the stars of the show, those who have continued to produce, plant, harvest, fish or transport our food, despite these challenging times. 

FAO will call on the public to show their gratitude to food heroes and become food heroes themselves through simple actions that can contribute to the transformation of food systems.

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu will be joined by special guests from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Municipality of Rome to inaugurate the video mapping show both at FAO headquarters and the Colosseum before visiting a traveling SDGs installation that will arrive in Rome just in time for World Food Day.

Events around the world

Every year, a large number of events – from marathons and hunger marches, to exhibitions, cultural performances, contests and concerts – are organised in up to 150 countries across the world to celebrate World Food Day.

Despite these unprecedented times, many events are taking place either digitally, or in line with physical distancing recommendations.

(source: FAO WFD)

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