Davos: Keeping Hunger On The Radar

Copyright: WFP/Rein SkullerudWFP is participating in the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, Switzerland, to ensure that hunger  -- and nutrition in particular -- remains on the radar of global leaders.

The gathering brings together people of significant influence in all sectors – from presidents and prime ministers to chief executives and heads of international agencies – to consider solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

This year, alongside the ongoing emergency operation in Haiti, our main theme will be nutrition and the need for the private sector to help provide innovative solutions on this front.

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran will be joining the forum for part of the meeting, which runs 27-31 Jan. Our Dutch corporate partner TNT is helping to cover WFP's costs, which include the setting up of a WFP food aid storage tent (see photo above by Rein Skullerud) where a number of major meetings will be held.

Key WFP-led events are:

  • A breakfast brainstorming session on affordable nutrition in developing countries with CEOs from the private sector, mainly from the food industry.
  • nutrition summit with 30 leaders from business, academia, NGOs and governments to begin consultations on how to collaborate in the area of nutrition.
  • Josette Sheeran and Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, will co-host an event for 70 government leaders and CEOs. At this sixth annual event, we will provide an update on WFP's work in Haiti and encourage private and public-sector leaders to collaborate on lasting solutions to world hunger and malnutrition
  • Josette Sheeran will also take a lead role in two other events: the Redesigning a Healthy Start panel, which focuses on the repercussions of malnutrition before the age of two and asking what changes are needed in economics, healthcare and education to eradicate malnutrition by 2015; and an informal gathering of world economic leaders entitled Food Security Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture: An Agenda for Action.