On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty -- and plan for a world where no-one is left behind.
Today, and every day, we eat thanks to the labours of family farmers. They run the vast majority of farms in the world.
My mother has lived her whole life in the countryside. Although she did not receive much of a formal education, I grew up appreciating her wisdom, resilience and intelligence.
As a human family, we are growing older. Globally, approximately 700 million people – 10 per cent of the world’s population – are over the age of 60, and by 2030, there will be more elderly persons than children for the first time in history.