The Media Outreach Team of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) has written the management of the Global News Network, publishers of the GNN-Liberia requesting this media institution’s support in calling on schools and young people to participate in this year’s International World Food Day which falls on October 16.
Below is the full text of the communication to the GNN:
Dear Editor of GNN Liberia,
We are writing to ask for your support in calling on schools and young people to participate in the International World Food Day (WFD) Poster and Video Contest, by spreading the word on your news and social media outlets.
By supporting this WFD activity and partnering with us, you will play a crucial role in making the Zero Hunger generation grow, and enable schools and young people in Liberia to make their voices heard, and be part of a growing global movement.
Last year, more than 7,000 students from over 100 countries – from the Maldives to Guatemala, and Belarus to Australia – participated in the contest. The posters and videos helped raise awareness and called for action against climate change – the 2016 World Food Day theme.
Every year, on 16 October, we celebrate the World Food Day and focus on a theme that underpins FAO’s work and represents a key issue affecting our world. This year’s theme is: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.
Why this theme?
The world is on the move. More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War due to increased conflict and political instability. But hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change are other important factors contributing to the migration challenge.
- In 2015, there were 244 million international migrants, representing an increase of 40% since 2000.
- An even larger number of people move within their countries. In 2013, there were over 700 million internal migrants.
- A large share of migrants originate from rural areas where three quarters of the extreme poor barely survive on agriculture or other rural activities.
- FAO works with countries to create conditions that allow people living in rural areas to stay home when they feel it is safe to do so. This ranges from creating employment opportunities for young people, access to money to start profitable activities.
- 193 countries have committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promising to end hunger and build a more sustainable world by 2030. By working towards SDG2 – a Zero Hunger world – we can address many of the issues that cause people, especially rural people, to migrate.
- Migration is inevitable as economies change and people search for better work opportunities. But people should have the choice to migrate or not.
- Safe, orderly and regular migration can contribute to economic growth, improve food security and rural people’s lives.
- People forced to flee their homes in search of a better life deserve respect, safety and dignity.
Not only will this contest enable young people and children to channel their creativity for a worthy cause, it will give them the opportunity to become messengers of change and hope by helping to raise awareness about the underlying causes of migration and the actions required to allow people to stay at home if safe to do so. It will also make young people aware of ways in which we can enable migrants to live dignified lives and contribute to economic growth, as well as the global effort to reach Zero Hunger by 2030 – a world free of hunger and poverty.
Ultimately, the more we engage young people in the dialogue surrounding their future and stimulate their thoughts and opinions, the more we can prepare them to take informed decisions and actions to contribute to a more sustainable and fairer world.
We would be grateful for your support to promote the information below on your outlets. If you have any suggestions, about how else you could get involved in marking the WFD or need further information, please contact us.
Kind regards and thanks,
The World Food Day Team
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International World Food Day Poster and Video Contest
Children and young people around the world are invited to join the International World Food Day Drawing and Video Contest organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and be part of the
The 2017 World Food Day’s theme is: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.
We would like children and young people (5-19 years old) to create posters or short videos that bring this year’s theme to life. The World Food Day website ( http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/en/ ) provides materials and information to help both students and their teachers learn about the theme, and to stimulate creativity.
Entering the Contest is simple. Children or their teachers can go to: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/contest/en and submit a poster or a short video on the World Food Day theme.
Winners of the poster and video contest will be announced on the World Food Day website, on FAO social media and promoted by FAO offices all over the world. They will also feature in an exhibition at FAO headquarters in Rome before the end of the year and receive a surprise gift bag and Certificate of Recognition signed by a United Nations official!
The deadline for entries is 10 November 2017.
For more information about the WFD contest and this year’s theme, please go to: