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HungerFREE Campaign Tells UN: 'Put food on the table'

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, Sept. 17 With 35,000 people dying ofhunger every day and governments failing to meet their millennium commitmentto halve hunger by 2015, the international development agency, ActionAid'sHungerFREE campaign is calling for food and hunger to play a central role "onthe table" of the 62nd United Nations General Assembly Meetings.

"The UN is failing on its commitment to the world's poor. 11 years ago,governments committed to halving hunger by 2015 at the World Food Summit. Atthat time, there were 800 million hungry people across the globe. Today, 854million are hungry. That's 17% of the world's population," said ThomasJohnny, Policy Research Manager at ActionAid Sierra Leone.

"Hunger results from a lack of political will and bad policies. If the UNdoesn't take action, some 35,000 people a day, if not more, will continue todie," added Mr. Johnny.

"The right to food is a human right. This right must no longer beignored," said Colm O Cuanachain, ActionAid's International Campaign Director."We must challenge the UN member states to fulfill their millenniumcommitments and enact a strong resolution on food and hunger to ensure thatthe Millennium Development Goals are not just political rhetoric."

Campaigners from across the globe will protest outside the United Nationsat Ralph Bunche Plaza daily from 1:15-3:00 PM, September 18th - 21st.Campaigners will also present case studies during meetings scheduled with UNMissions. Celebrities, including actors from Hollywood, Bollywood, andNollywood (Nigerian cinema), will take part in a special action September25th.

ActionAid is demanding that governments follow recent examples ofcountries such as Brazil, Guatemala, South Africa, Venezuela, and Bolivia,where positive legal, policy and administrative steps have been taken towardsthe implementation of the right to food at the national level.

Note to Editors:

ActionAid's HungerFREE campaign, which spans more than 30 countries, callson governments to deliver on their Millennium Development Goal commitment tohalve hunger by 2015, by ensuring that they respect, protect and fulfill theright to food; strengthen corporate regulations; expose companies when theyexploit poor people; and protect poor women's access to land.

HungerFREE protests will take place daily September 18th - 21st from 1:15-3:00 PM at Ralph Bunche Plaza, 1st Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets, inManhattan, NY. Between the 18th and 25th, HungerFree case studies featuringHunger and violations of people's right to food in Brazil, Bangladesh,Cambodia, India, Nepal, Senegal and Uganda will be released to the media. Toreceive embargoed copies of one of these cases, please e-mailalexandre.polack@actionaid.org

A special protest, featuring celebrities from Hollywood, Bollywood, andNollywood (Nigerian film), will take place at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza September25th. Journalists may register for advance media advisories by e-mailingsandy.krawitz@actionaid.org.

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in over 40countries, taking sides with poor people to end poverty and injusticetogether. Actionaid launched this year the HungerFREE campaign, a globalcampaign to force governments to deliver on their commitment to halve worldhunger by 2015. http://www.actionaid.org

Contacts: Sandy Krawitz, +1-202-492-7207 sandy.krawitz@actionaid.org

Alexandre Polack, +1-347-605-8711 alexandre.polack@actionaid.org

SOURCE ActionAid International
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