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Ireland’s role in tackling hunger

Concern CEO Tom Arnold made a forceful case for Ireland’s role in tackling hunger and child under-nutrition at a forum attended by Hilary Clinton and Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin in New York.

At the “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future” forum, Tom focused on the role that society can play in reducing hunger – the first Millennium Development Goal. 

1,000 days

The forum focused on the 1,000 days beginning with a woman’s pregnancy through to a child’s second birthday. When addressing the forum, Tom said: 

The evidence is compelling – under-nutrition in early childhood leads to physical and mental stunting; stunting compromises the future of individuals, economies and nations.

Practical solutions 

The event highlighted important developments in nutrition, including the Scaling Up Nutrition Roadmap, devised by the UN. It provides a framework for implementing a range of practical solutions to combat hunger. Tom commented on the event’s significance:

[This is] a hugely important event that confirms that reducing hunger and under-nutrition is at the centre of Ireland’s foreign aid policy…We must build on progress already made. We have the political momentum at international level, but this has to be married to practical solutions on the ground and action at national level, in countries suffering from hunger.