Today we reaffirm our commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition, creating a world where no child has to go to bed hungry, no parent has to worry about how to feed his family and no one has to deal with food insecurity.
The need for action has never been greater. This year, the world is facing an unprecedented level of food insecurity and humanitarian crises, compounded by the effects of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on global food supplies. More than 300 million people lack access to drinking water, emergency care, shelter and food without assistance. More than 100 million people are forcibly displaced. And hundreds of millions more are going hungry.
The United States will continue to step up and respond to this crisis. This year alone, we have committed more than $9 billion in lifesaving humanitarian assistance to meet growing needs here at home and around the world. Last month, at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, I also reaffirmed our commitment to addressing the devastating threat of hunger and diet-related disease in the United States. , a threat that hits vulnerable communities hardest and is compounded by other challenges, such as COVID-19 and the climate crisis.
But food insecurity is a global challenge that requires a global solution. We must come together to support those who need it most. At the United Nations in May, the United States, joined by more than 100 other countries, launched the United Nations Roadmap for Global Food Security, which will strengthen global agricultural markets and meet the nutritional needs of millions of people. In September, the United States also convened a Global Food Security Summit on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly with partners around the world to renew our commitment to act with urgency and respond decisively to the crisis. growing food.
Today, and every day, I am deeply grateful to people around the world who are doing their part to fight hunger, whether that means organizing food drives, innovating new agricultural solutions or raise awareness of this growing challenge. We are with you and will continue to act urgently to get through this crisis and build a stronger and more sustainable food system for the future – the health, well-being and stability of our world depends on it.