Commemoration of World Food Day - Monday, 16 October, 2017





World Food Day 2017

Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security and Rural Development


16 October 2017, 1:15-2:30 pm

Conference Room 12, UNHQ


In 2017, World Food Day will focus on the theme “Change the future of migration: Invest in food security and rural development.

Every year, 244 million people leave their homes in search for a better life. 763 million move within national borders, mostly from rural areas to cities. Many move by choice, but a growing number are migrating because of a myriad of reasons. Poverty, food insecurity, increased conflict, political instability, natural disasters and land and water degradation, lack of decent jobs are among the root causes of migration, including forced migration.

Rural areas are central to change the future of migration. A large share of migrants come from rural areas, where more than 75% of the world’s poor and food insecure depend on agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods.

While migration is a driver for sustainable development, it should be a choice and not a last resort. Creating conditions that allow rural people, especially youth, to stay at home when they feel it is safe to do so, and to have more productive, fulfilling and resilient livelihoods, is a crucial component of any plan to our commitment towards durable solutions.

In 2018, Member States will negotiate the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regularly Migration. Addressing the root causes of displacement, supporting communities of origin and harnessing migration’s potential to support development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities are central components of this effort.

World Food Day 2017 invites you to discuss the future of migration from the perspective of rural areas. Join us.


The event will aim to:

  1. Highlight the link between migration, food security and rural development and the importance of investing in rural development in developing countries through innovative policies that create business opportunities and jobs for young people that are not only agricultural based.
  2. Highlight the importance of food security and rural development in addressing the root causes of migration.
  3. Address the benefits of migrants and their contributions to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits

Draft Programme


Light lunch will be served before the event


Opening Session

  • World Food Day 2017 video
  • H.E. Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly

Event will be moderated by Ms. Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office to the UN


World Food Day Messages

  • Ms. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General (video message)
  • Mr. José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General (video message)


Perspectives on the  future of migration, food security and rural development

  • H.E. Ambassador Juan Jose Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN
  • H.E. Ambassador Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., Permanent Representative of Philippines to the UN
  • H.E. Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN (tbc)
  • AU Representative (tbc)
  • Mr. Ashraf El Nour, Director of the IOM Office to the United Nations
  • Mr. Lee Sorenson, expert in linking diaspora investment to agriculture in developing countries


Open discussion


Closing remarks

  • Ms. Coco Ushiyama, Director of WFP North America Office


Event Date: 
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:00 to 13:00
Conference Room 12, UNHQ