Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Zero Hunger

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment.

Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters, such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities. Poor food security is also causing millions of children to be stunted, or too short for the ages, due to severe malnutrition.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish the 815 million people who are hungry today and the additional 2 billion people expected to be undernourished by 2050. Investments in agriculture are crucial to increasing the capacity for agricultural productivity and sustainable food production systems are necessary to help alleviate the perils of hunger.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

United Food and Commercial Workers Union

UFCW 1979 Washington DC USA G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Commission on Population and Development

CPD 1948 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

CRC 1989 T g

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Forum on Forests

UNFF 2000 New York NY USA F g

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 Washington DC USA G f

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA 1967 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Programme on Youth

1981 New York NY USA K g

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition

UNSCN 1977 Rome RM Italy E g

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universities Fighting World Hunger

UFWH 2004 Auburn AL USA J

UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa

UNU-INRA 1986 Accra Ghana E j

UPA International Development

UPA DI 1993 Longueuil QC Canada G

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Valid International

1999 Oxford UK G

VALID Nutrition

2005 Bantry Co. Cork Ireland F

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Wageningen Netherlands G

Vegan Society

1944 Hockley UK N

Verdens Skove

1983 Copenhagen Denmark G

Vereniging Tropische Bossen

VTB 1981 Wageningen Netherlands G

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

VSF International 1989 Brussels Belgium F

Vitamin Angels

2004 Santa Barbara CA USA G

Vitamin D Workshop

VDW 1973 S c

Volontariato Internazionale Donna Educazione Sviluppo

VIDES 1991 Rome RM Italy F

Volunteers for Africa

2001 Nairobi Kenya G

War Child International

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F


2008 Overijse Belgium F

Wellspring International Outreach

WIO 2008 N

WELLSTART International

1977 San Clemente CA USA G


1962 Bonn Germany G

West Africa Society of Agricultural Engineering

WASAE 2001 J

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West African Association of Food Science and Technology

WAAFoST 2008 Guelph ON Canada D

West African Centre for Rural and Agricultural Credit Training

WACRACT Nairobi Kenya S c

West African Network of Farmers' Organizations and Agricultural Producers

2000 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E