For the first time in history, more than 1 billion people are urgently hungry. But make no mistake: global, national and community action can - and have - saved millions caught in despair.
Tragically, in 2009, the World Food Programme lost many precious lives among those who work on the frontlines of hunger. Yet our spirit of compassion remains unbroken and our determination to reach out to the most vulnerable is undeterred. These losses have brought us all ever closer, allowing the challenges and wounds to bind us, rather than divide us.
This is also the end of a decade that has witnessed much suffering and bloodshed. Unprecedented natural disasters, and deadly conflicts have blighted the lives of millions. My prayer is that as we enter this new decade it will be filled with hope, opportunity and security for every single child on earth. Working together, we can make this a reality for every child.