New York: With 35,000 people dying of hunger every day and governments failing to meet their millennium commitment to halve hunger by 2015, the international development agency, ActionAid’s HungerFREE campaign is calling for food and hunger to play a central role “on the table” of the 62nd United Nations General Assembly Meetings.
“The UN is failing in its commitment to the world’s poor. 11 years ago, governments committed to halving hunger by 2015 at the World Food Summit. At that time, there were 800 million hungry people across the globe. Today, 854 million are hungry. That’s 17% of the world’s population.” said Thomas Johnny, policy research manager, ActionAid Sierra Leone,
“Hunger results from a lack of political will and bad policies. If the UN doesn’t take action, close to 35,000 people will continue to die daily”, he added.
Colm O Cuanachain, the NGO’s International campaign director said, “We must challenge UN member states to fulfil their millennium commitments and enact a strong resolution on food and hunger to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals are not just political rhetoric.”
Campaigners from across the globe will protest outside the United Nations at Ralph Bunche Plaza from 18-21September, 2007.
Campaigners will also present case studies during meetings scheduled with UN Missions. Celebrities, including actors from Hollywood, Bollywood, and Nigerian cinema, will take part in a special action that has been mounted for 25September.
ActionAid is demanding that governments follow recent examples of countries such as Brazil, Guatemala, South Africa, Venezuela, and Bolivia, where positive legal, policy and administrative steps have been taken towards implementation of the right to food at the national level.