Hunger in the news
17 April 2009
Once again, Montreal played host to the Millennium Summit, which took place in the city April 15-16, 2009. Attending the third edition of this international summit were key players in the field of social advocacy representing governments, civil society, academia, and the world's leading humanitarian organizations. Seven years before its target year of 2015, the 2008 Millennium Goals Annual Report highlights some major successes. However, the results for this year have been much less impressive, since the targets for the Summit's first objective – reducing extreme poverty and hunger in the world - may not be reached unless efforts are greatly intensified. Today, more than 1.4 billion people are living in extreme poverty, and 1 billion do not have access to clean drinking water. [...] Pressenza met with Mr. Henk-Jan Brinkman, the Senior advisor for Economic Policy, United Nations World Food Programme, based in New York. Previously, he was the head of Economic Analysis and Food Security Policy and Markets in the Office of the Executive Director of the World Food Programme in Rome, Italy. [...] Pressenza: At the Forum you talked about the need to feed hungry people now, and that the financial needs of the UN World Food Programme is 6 billion dollars. Is this money available? Henk-Jan Brinkman: We hope we can get those funds very soon. We are funded 100% by voluntary contributions. So we don't have membership fees or other secure contributions – we need to raise every single penny. And we are very short of what we need. So far we have only raised about 15% of those $6-billion.