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A letter to the newspapers

There’s a letter on its way to newspapers across Ireland and the UK, urging heads of state, governments and UN agencies not to forget the plight of the hungry and malnourished.

Ten years ago, all 192 United Nations member states came together and actually managed to agree to something. Now, this is amazing enough in itself, but what they decided that day is something we should all be truly proud of. 

Millennium development goals

They drew up a set of goals that are the “most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific development goals the world has ever agreed upon.” 

Basically, governments around the world agreed, among other things, to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015.

Promises, promises

However, with only five years to go, there is doubt that these promises will be kept. This, to put it plainly, would be shameful. Today’s letter from Concern and other NGOs says: 

With the number of hungry people in the world at a record high of over one billion, the promises to halve the proportion of hungry people and child malnutrition by 2015 remain significantly off track.

What is it going to take?

Next week, world leaders will gather in New York for the 10th anniversary of the millennium development goals. The heads of Ireland’s and the UK’s NGOs are asking: 

What is it going to require for leaders to take decisive collective action with only five years left? 

As the summit gets underway, we urge heads of state, governments and UN agencies not to forget the plight of the hungry and malnourished. We further call on them to agree a roadmap to meet the millennium development goal hunger target. Such a roadmap must comprehensively address child malnutrition and make linkages between hunger and health, recognise the crucial role and rights of women as food producers and carers, and prioritise improving the affordability of nutritious foods.