Global Leaders Rally At The Starting Block In Race Against Child Malnutrition

Published on 10 August 2012

ROME - WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will join high-level global representatives from governments, businesses and civil society attending the “Global Hunger Event” hosted by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in London on Sunday 12 August. Media interested in interview opportunities with Ertharin Cousin should contact Caroline Hurford ( tel: +44 7968 008474

“The Global Hunger Event comes at a time when the eyes of the world are focused on the pinnacle of human physical achievement at the London Olympics.  For far too many children, a lack of food and nutrition means that, sadly, they will never have a chance to compete in life.  That is not good enough.  As the 2012 Olympic Games draw to a close and we look ahead to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, governments, UN agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organisations must commit themselves to ensuring that chronic malnutrition is no longer an obstacle that stands in the way of future generations.”  Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme.

WFP believes the battle against child malnutrition is urgent and winnable:

•    Good nutrition builds the brains and bodies of the next generation.
•    Improving the nutrition of mothers and children is the key to defeating hunger.
•    Boosting early childhood nutrition during the first 1000 days of life, lays the foundation for a healthy and productive future.

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Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel. +44 207 240 9001 Mob.  +44-7968-008474
Emilia Casella, WFP/ Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854 Mob. +39 347 945 0634
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564 Mob. +41 7947 34570
Rene McGuffin, WFP/Washington D.C. Tel. +1 202 653 1149 Mob. +1 202 390 2579