International Development Experts Join Bread for the World Institute in Calling on President Obama to Set a Goal for Ending Global Hunger
Washington, DC, November 15, 2012
WHAT: The release of Bread for the World Institute’s 2013 Hunger Report: Within Reach—Global Development Goals and GDG panel discussion
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., ET
WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, Murrow, White, and Lisagor Rooms
WHO: Panel includes Hon. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, Tanzanian ambassador to the United States; Stephan Bauman, president & CEO of World Relief; and Rev.David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World Institute. Gayle Smith, special assistant to Pres. Obama and senior director of the National Security Council, has also been invited to speak on the panel. Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, radio and television journalist at Voice of America, will moderate the discussion.
WHY: In 2015, leaders are expected to decide on a new set of global development goals to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 2013 Hunger Report calls for a renewed push to meet the MDGs in the next three years and a dedicated commitment to ending hunger and poverty after 2015.
The international community has made substantial progress toward a hunger-free world since agreeing on the MDGs in 2000. Achieving the MDGs depends greatly on the commitment of political leaders to strengthen proven approaches and to target the groups most difficult to reach. To ensure a strong U.S. commitment, the 2013 Hunger Report also calls on the president of the United States and other U.S. leaders to rally all countries to support a goal of ending hunger and poverty.
“The final push for the Millennium Development Goals will need the full support and backing of the U.S. government,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We are calling on the president of the United States to demonstrate strong leadership by helping to form a global agreement on the next generation of development goals, starting with a goal to end hunger here in the United States.”
A panel of experts will discuss the report’s recommendations in relation to the process of setting a post-2015 agenda and a new set of global development goals. A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. Printed copies of the report will be available at the press conference and at www.bread.org/hungerreport on Nov. 19.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
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