girls worldwide 'walk the world'

1 May 2007

‘Fight Hunger: Walk the World’ is an initiative organised by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners. Through the global action day on 13 May, Walk the World will raise awareness about the 400 million hungry children in this world. This call will urge policy-makers and governments – whether in rich or poor countries – to focus more funds and resources on feeding children.
© A Chicheri / WFPWe will only be able to rise to the challenge of ending child hunger by 2015 if everybody joins forces. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is one of the global partners for the initiative. As part of WAGGGS every Girl Guide and Girl Scout has a role to play.
In 2006 over 760,000 people in 118 countries and 420 locations joined the WFP’s Walk the World. This year nearly 100 countries from Argentina to Zambia have registered a Walk already.
© Rein Skullerud / WFPAnyone can organize a walk. Even if you don’t want to organise a big walk for thousands, you can have a small walk with family, friends, other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts or colleagues. Or you can walk alone.
Walk the World is linked closely to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). If we end child hunger by 2015, we will have effectively achieved the first MDG – that of halving the number of all hungry people by 2015.

What you can do

There are many opportunities to help fight child hunger.

Join a Walk near you

Have a look at the World Map and find out where the closest walk is for you to join. Register on-line for the walk and you can find out about others who will be walking and have an online-chat with them. There will even be a virtual walk.  In Second Life, an interactive computer game that creates a virtual world, players will join Walk the World on-line.

© Tom Haskell / WFPStart your own Walk

If there is no Walk close enough to you, do your own Walk.  Register with Walk the World and create a Walk on the online walk organiser now! And please tell your friends to join us too! Don’t forget to use t-shirts, banners, posters, etc to show people why you are walking: to end child hunger by 2015. You can download a walk planning Guide in English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Portuguese.

Click to feed a child

It costs you only a quick movement of your finger and a sponsor will donate a meal to a school child on your behalf. Click now! 

Tell us about it

Use the comment section below and tell us what you are planning to do to raise awareness about child hunger.
The WAGGGS’ UN team in Rome is working closely all year round with the WFP and other UN programmes and agencies based in Rome which focus on Food and Nutrition topics. This includes the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Alliance Against Hunger (IAAH) and the Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger initiative.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency mandated to combat global hunger which afflicts one of every seven people on earth. As the world’s largest humanitarian agency, WFP provides food aid to an average of 90 million people, including 56 million hungry children in more than 80 countries.