16 June 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva with H.E. Nguyen thi Xuan thu, Vice-Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam. Side Event: Recognizing outstanding progress in fighting hunger. Twenty countries have satisfied Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number one, to halve the proportion of hungry people between 1990-92 and 2010-2012, as established by the international community at the UN General Assembly in 2000. An additional 18 countries were congratulated for reaching both MDG-1 and the more stringent World Food Summit (WFS) goal to reduce by half the absolute number of undernourished people between 1990-92 and 2010-2012. The WFS goal was set in 1996, when 180 nations met at FAO headquarters to discuss ways to end hunger. FAO Conference, 38th Session. FAO headquarters (Plenary Hall).