Pope to visit Rome's World Food Programme

Pope Francis to speak on ending hunger on first ever papal visit to WFP in Rome.

Pope Francis is to visit the headquarters of the Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), on the morning of Monday 13 June, where he will speak about ending hunger.

The occasion marks the first ever papal visit to WFP, the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, whose headquarters is located in the south-west Rome suburb of Magliana.

The pontiff's address to Rome's WFP staff will be webcast live to WFP country and field offices around the world.

The visit by Pope Francis comes during WFP's first year of the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 UN-agreed objectives aimed at tackling the root causes of poverty and hunger, with a central target of achieving zero hunger by 2030.

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Each year WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries, delivering food in emergencies and improving local infrastructure and resilience in regions most affected by hunger and poverty.

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