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FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
Pope Francis will deliver the keynote speech at FAO on the theme: “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”. During his visit the pontiff will unveil a sculpture depicting Alan Kurdî, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose drowning in 2015 has come to symbolise the plight of the world's refugees. The marble sculpture, by Italian artist Luigi Prevedel, has been donated to FAO by Pope Francis.
The event to mark World Food Day will be webcast live and is organised by the United Nation’s Rome-based agencies FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP).
In addition to informing public opinion about the need to end hunger in our lifetime, the annual event commemorates the anniversary of the founding of FAO in 1945