End Poverty 2015 - hunger http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/240/0 en Parliamentarians' Forum on Hunger and Inequality Held in Colombo http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/parliamentarians-forum-hunger-and-inequality-held-colombo/14/feb/09 <p>In early 2008, soaring food prices drew extensive public attention to the issue of hunger in the Asia-Pacific region. The food price crisis threatened to reverse critical gains made toward reducing poverty and hunger as outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Much of the increased attention focused on the issue of price rather than the structural causes of hunger, including social exclusion, inequitable distribution, access to natural resources and low agricultural productivity. </p> <p>The subsequent global economic slowdown eased pressure on energy prices but has had larger adverse implications for the poor. A global slowdown in consumer demand, rising unemployment and a likely fall in household income will weaken purchasing power, particularly for the poor -- including their ability to afford basic necessities such as food. </p> <p>Through this Forum, the United Nations Millennium Campaign aims to enhance policy options to address the fundamental issues of poverty and hunger (the first MDG) and re-emphasize the importance of achieving the MDGs in the region. With direct engagement in policy, budget and legislative processes to achieve specific targets to reduce poverty, the participating parliamentarians will be influential actors in bringing about changes in their governments’ policies and practices. </p> <p>Minar Pimple, Deputy Director/Head of Asia for the United Nations Millennium Campaign, will participate in the Forum and contribute to national efforts to reduce hunger through key policy recommendations and enhanced engagement of Parliamentarians.</p> <p>For more information, please visit the Forum’s Website: <a href="http://www2.undprcc.lk/ext/pf/index.html" title="http://www2.undprcc.lk/ext/pf/index.html">http://www2.undprcc.lk/ext/pf/index.html</a></p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/parliamentarians-forum-hunger-and-inequality-held-colombo/14/feb/09#comments End Hunger English hunger Inequality UNDP Sat, 14 Feb 2009 23:31:53 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 459 at http://endpoverty2015.org High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All – January 26-27, 2009, Madrid http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/resource/high-level-meeting-food-security-all-%E2%80%93-january-26-27-2009-madrid-0 <p>The <span class="caps">FAO</span> (Food and Agriculture Organisation) held the High-Level Conference on World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy in Rome on June 3-5, 2008. Throughout the three days of events, 42 Heads of State and Government, 100 high-level Ministers and 60 non-governmental and civil society organizations from 181 member countries discussed the challenges that climate change, bioenergy and soaring food prices pose to world food security and devised ways to safeguard the world’s most vulnerable populations.</p> <p>On that occasion, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Rodriguez Zapatero pledged to host the first follow up meeting in Madrid. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also announced his participation.</p> End Hunger Poverty and hunger Spain Europe English FAO Food hunger Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:47:43 +0000 Miki 668 at http://endpoverty2015.org Quick progress on Millennium Development Goals ‘obviously possible’ – Migiro http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/quick-progress-millennium-development-goals-%E2%80%98obviously-possible%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-migiro/15/apr/08 <p>Although many countries remain off track in meeting the ambitious <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org" title="MDGs">Millennium Development Goals</a> that seek to slash hunger poverty and a host of other social ills by 2015, quick and significant progress is obviously possible, according to Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.<br /> “Many countries are proving this,” Ms. Migiro told a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa, citing increased public school enrolment, reduced child mortality thanks to massive vaccination campaigns, with 3 million more children surviving annually compared with the year 2000.</p> <p>“And we know the ingredients for success. Strong government leadership. Good policies that support private investment. And sound strategies for scaling up public investments. “The international community must back these favourable conditions with financial and technical assistance,” she said. </p> <p>“Our ambitious vision for a better world is still within reach, but we need all States to follow through on their commitments. Developing countries, yes, but especially those which are already more developed,” she added, calling for immediate rigorous and concerted national and international action to push back the frontiers of poverty, especially in light of skyrocketing food prices.</p> <p>Ms. Migiro noted that parliaments are key to achieving the MDGs, by showing political will in legislation and budget allocations. In developed countries in the North, parliaments should contribute to government efforts to honour their commitment to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national income to official development assistance whose latest figures are in steep decrease.</p> <p>In the developing countries of the South, parliaments should not only be preoccupied by domestic issues but relate to what is taking place at the regional as well as the global level, she said. </p> <p>“They must press to ensure that their governments mobilize resources, set strategies and adopt policies geared toward reaching the MDGs. And they should participate in formulating poverty reduction strategies and monitoring efforts to carry them out,” she added, stressing the importance of accountability, good governance and human rights.</p> <p>Turning to climate change, Ms. Migiro noted that negotiations in Bangkok earlier this month agreed on a work programme to move forward towards crafting a new international climate change agreement.</p> <p>“Now is when the real work begins, and given the magnitude of the challenge ahead, actors from across the spectrum – not just government negotiators – need to be involved,” she said.</p> <p>“Governments at the national and local level need to work closely with intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, the media, civil society and individuals from around the world. As we seek to galvanize public opinion, Parliaments are uniquely poised to assist in this global alliance for action,” she added.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/quick-progress-millennium-development-goals-%E2%80%98obviously-possible%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-migiro/15/apr/08#comments End Hunger English enviromental sustainability hunger poverty Tue, 15 Apr 2008 19:00:17 +0000 admin 329 at http://endpoverty2015.org Achieving the Millennium Development Goals http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/220 English equality hunger malaria maternal health Millennium Development Goals poverty Fri, 08 Feb 2008 22:32:45 +0000 admin 220 at http://endpoverty2015.org