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Leadership and hunger

Concern’s Jennifer Thompson recently attended the UN General Assembly in New York. She was impressed by Ireland’s leadership and reputation regarding the issue of hunger.

Window of opportunity

Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore attended several events around the UN General Assembly. One of these events marked the first anniversary of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, launched last year by Ireland and the US. It brings together a number of different sectors and stakeholders to collectively focus and invest in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and age two. This is critical for a child’s development. 

Preventing hunger

Eamonn Gilmore took his place alongside US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs, among others. His address opened with the stark reminder that some 12 million people remain severely hungry in east Africa. But, he emphasised that we have the knowledge and the means to entirely prevent undernutrition:

Undernutrition is one of the most pervasive and yet least understood problems of global development. This is simply unacceptable.

Eradicating malnutrition

Clear achievements have been made over the past year including the increased political commitment to better nutrition. But even more importantly, national governments have set clear goals for undernutrition and are taking concrete action to increase their efforts. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton closed the meeting emphasising the need to keep making the case for eradicating malnutrition and delivering results.