Ireland and US committed to tackling malnutrition

Ireland and US committed to tackling malnutrition

05 July 2012

Over the past three years, Ireland and the USA have been leading from the front in tackling global child undernutrition. Concern Worldwide's CEO, Tom Arnold, said that US Independence Day provides an opportunity to underline our vision and commitment. This is reflected in yesterday's press release.

The following is an excerpt from the press release, which can be downloaded below.

In the autumn of 2010, the US and Ireland announced they had decided to act in unison on the findings of credible and authoritative international research in British medical journal The Lancet, and elsewhere.

Those findings stressed that the 1,000 day window of opportunity between a pregnancy and a child's second birthday was the critical period when poor nutrition  causes irreversible physical and mental stunting, affecting  one in  three children worldwide. 

Since that 2010 US-Ireland announcement, An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a number of times on the issue and President Barack Obama has highlighted US-Irish co-operation on hunger in his 2011 College Green address. 

Reflecting Ireland’s commitment and expertise on the issue, in April 2012 the United Nations Director General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, appointed Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern and former Irish President Mary Robinson to a high-level international working group charged with providing leadership to a global project aimed at tackling child hunger in the world’s poorest countries. 

 

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Ireland and US committed to tackling malnutrition

Over the past three years, Ireland and the USA have been leading from the front in tackling global child undernutrition. Concern Worldwide's CEO, Tom Arnold, said that US Independence Day provides an opportunity to underline our vision and commitment. This is reflected in yesterday's press release.