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UN: Colossal human loss threatens Asia, Pacific as hunger fight slows

05.11.2018 19:11 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of now, over half of the world undernourished people live within the Asia-Pacific region, making it a critical part of the global push to end extreme hunger and malnutrition in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), UN Radio says referring to the UN report called Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition. It is to be admitted, the report has been prepared and published by the UN Agencies: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme(WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO). As to the report, now hungry and malnourished people number fall has come to a virtual standstill in many parts of the region, with the region population of nearly half a billion-undernourished people. «The reports estimates show that the number of hungry people has barely changed during the past two years, making it increasingly difficult to achieve the Zero Hunger target of, SDG 2,» the four UN agencies regional heads wrote in their joint foreword. «The sad reality is that an unacceptably large number of children in the region continue to face the multiple burden of malnutrition despite decades of economic growth,» the regional UN heads admitted. «This is a colossal human loss given the association between undernutrition and poor cognitive development, with severe lifelong consequences for the future of these children,» they continued. It is to be admitted, this is the first time that the four UN agencies have jointly published such a report, underlining the urgency of the situation, representing a united front and a call to action on the part of governments to reach their SDG commitments. The UN agency heads note that the world cannot meet the 2030 target of zero hunger, if Asia and the Pacific is not leading the way.

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