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Guterres: The world is significantly off track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced hunger in 2020, an increase of about 161 million people over 2019, which he described as "new tragic data" indicating that the world "is out of the blue." “too off track” to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

In a statement highlighting the importance of the Food Systems Summit scheduled for September, Guterres added that “rising costs, combined with persistently high levels of poverty and income inequality, continue to keep healthy diets out of reach for nearly three billion people in all regions of the world. ".

Although hunger has been increasing for several years, the UN Secretary-General noted that in 2021 “we are failing to provide what is a basic right for people around the world,” according to the statement carried by the UN website.

Guterres noted that the novel coronavirus has not only made matters worse, but has also highlighted the links between inequality, poverty, food and disease.

The Secretary-General stated that although global food production has increased by 300 percent since the mid-1960s, "malnutrition is a major factor contributing to a reduction in life expectancy."

He cited climate change as both a cause and a consequence of hunger, adding that our "war with nature" involves a food system that generates a third of all greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for up to 80 percent of biodiversity loss.

"It is time to deliver on our promise," Guterres said, stressing that in a world of plenty, there is no excuse for billions of people not having a healthy diet, and he warned that time is running out to make the "urgent shifts" needed to curb rising global temperatures.

The Secretary-General recalled that making changes to food systems would not only reduce the effects of the pandemic, but also lead to a transition to a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.

Noting that the 2030 Agenda represents a blueprint for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General stressed that investing in food system changes would support this transformation.

Ahead of the summit kicking off during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September, later this month the Secretary-General is set to convene a pre-summit in Rome to determine how to tackle hunger, the climate emergency, inequality and conflict, all of which are essential to urgently transform global food systems. .