Since 2013, UNICEF at Berkeley has been working with the greater UNICEF organization to improve the health, education, and equality of children around the globe. This semester, we are choosing to focus our efforts on raising awareness and funds for UNICEF’s mission of reaching zero hunger worldwide. This decision comes after reports that UNICEF’s mission to end hunger by 2030 is under attack:
--Over 690 million people went hungry in 2019 - up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years.
--After steadily diminishing for decades, chronic hunger slowly began to rise in 2014 and continues to do so.
--The pandemic has intensified the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems, causing 83-132 million additional people to go hungry in 2020.
As the battle against COVID rages on in the developing world, it is of critical importance to revitalize global food supply infrastructure and create new solutions for the malnourishment and hunger issues affecting hundreds of millions worldwide. That is why we at UNICEF at Berkeley are fundraising for this paramount issue.