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At International Meeting, World Leaders and Development Experts Will Strengthen Commitments to Maternal and Child Nutrition

Washington, DC, June 4, 2013

On Monday, June 10, Bread for the World and Concern Worldwide will convene an international meeting of global development and nutrition experts, nongovernmental organization leaders, and policymakers to discuss improvements in maternal and child nutrition. Delegates will assess progress made since September 2010—nearly 1,000 days ago—when the United States and Irish governments launched the 1,000 Days Call to Action and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, which focus on countries with the highest rates of malnutrition. New information and financial and political pledges will be presented as participants plan greater improvements over the next 1,000 days.

WHO: Speakers include Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development; Joe Costello, Minister of the State, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Trade, Ireland; Wilbald Lorri, personal advisor to H.E. President Kikwete of Tanzania; Rigobert Oladiran Ladikpo, executive secretary of the Professional Association of Vegetable Oil Industries for the West Africa Economic Monetary Union; the Hon. Highvie H. Hamududu, member of Parliament and chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates, Zambia; Juan Carlos Paiz, presidential  commissioner for Competitiveness, Investment, and Millennium Challenge Corporation, Guatemala; and Dr. Robert E. Black, M.D., director of the Institute for International Programs,  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and author of the Lancet series on Maternal and Child Nutrition. Event hosts include Bread for the World and Concern Worldwide.


WHAT: International meeting on “Sustaining Political Commitments to Scaling Up Nutrition”


WHEN: June 10, 2013. The schedule for the event can be found here.


WHERE: The Mead Center for American Theater

             1101 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20024


DETAILS: This meeting will garner political support for commitments to be made at “Nutrition for Growth,” a pledging conference on June 8 in London. For more information, please visit http://www.bread.org/event/gathering-2013/international-meeting. The international meeting coincides with Bread for the World’s 2013 National Gathering, June 8-11, in Washington, D.C. Partners include the 1,000 Days Partnership, Action Against Hunger, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ChildFund International, Church World Service, GAIN, Helen Keller International, International Medical Corps, ONE, Results for Development Institute, Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network Secretariat, World Food Program USA, and World Vision. For more information about the National Gathering, please visit http://www.bread.org/event/gathering-2013.

Media are asked to register for the event at http://www.cvent.com/d/fcq6mz/4W. To join the international meeting conversation on Twitter, use hashtag #Next1000Days.


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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Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118

Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138

 

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