Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Zero Hunger

Goal 2 is about creating a world free of hunger by 2030.The global issue of hunger and food insecurity has shown an alarming increase since 2015, a trend exacerbated by a combination of factors including the pandemic, conflict, climate change, and deepening inequalities.

By 2022, approximately 735 million people – or 9.2% of the world’s population – found themselves in a state of chronic hunger – a staggering rise compared to 2019. This data underscores the severity of the situation, revealing a growing crisis.

In addition, an estimated 2.4 billion people faced moderate to severe food insecurity in 2022. This classification signifies their lack of access to sufficient nourishment. This number escalated by an alarming 391 million people compared to 2019.

The persistent surge in hunger and food insecurity, fueled by a complex interplay of factors, demands immediate attention and coordinated global efforts to alleviate this critical humanitarian challenge.

Extreme hunger and malnutrition remains a barrier to sustainable development and creates a trap from which people cannot easily escape. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods.

2 billion people in the world do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. In 2022, 148 million children had stunted growth and 45 million children under the age of 5 were affected by wasting.

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

World Brahman Federation

WBF 1981 Houston TX USA C

World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses

WBFSH 1994 Mårslet Denmark C

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Central Kitchen

WCK Washington DC USA G

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Congress on Sheep and Cattle Breeding

Nouzilly France S c

World Council of Fisheries Societies

WCFS 2000 Bethesda MD USA G

World Egg Organisation


World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World Energy & Meteorology Council

WEMC 2015 Norwich UK C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome Italy C

World Federation of Ayrshire Breed Societies

Prestwick UK F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Merino Breeders

WFMB 1986 Condobolin NSW Australia C

World Federation of Scientific Workers

WFSW 1946 Mont-Saint-Aignan France C

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fellowship of Methodist and Uniting Church Men

WesleyMen 2001 Lake Junaluska NC USA E

World Fisheries Trust

WFT 1996 Victoria BC Canada G

World Food Conference

S c

World Food Logistics Organization

WFLO 1943 Alexandria VA USA G

World Food Prize Foundation

1986 Des Moines IA USA G f

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome Italy F g

World Food Safety Organization

WFSO 2001 D

World Food Travel Association

WFTA 2003 Portland OR USA G

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome Italy G

World Forest Institute

WFI 1989 Portland OR USA G j

World Forestry Center, Portland

WFC 1989 Portland OR USA G

World Forestry Congress

1926 Rome Italy S c

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F

World Forum of Fisher Peoples

WFFP 1997 F

World Guernsey Cattle Federation

WGCF Myrtleford Australia E

World Health Innovation Summit

WHIS Carlisle UK J

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Hunger Action Center

J p

World Hunger Education Service

WHES 1976 Washington DC USA G

World Hunger Year

WHY 1975 New York NY USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

World Instant Noodles Association

WINA 1997 Tokyo Japan F

World Mountain People Association

WMPA 2001 Paris France C

World Neighbors

WN 1951 Oklahoma City OK USA G v

World Organisation for Animal Health

WOAH 1924 Paris France B g

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna Austria C y

World Ploughing Organization

WPO 1952 Athy Ireland C

World Rainforest Movement

WRM 1986 Montevideo Uruguay F

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G