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[AHRC Forwarded Press Release] WORLD: World Food Summit to focus on the Human Right to Food

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward to you the following press release from the Food First Information and Action Network (FIAN) International.

Asian Human Rights Commission
Hong Kong



A Press Release from FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN) International forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

WORLD:  World Food Summit to focus on the Human Right to Food

FIAN demands profound changes to address the dramatic increase of hunger

Rome/Heidelberg (22.June.2009) - FIAN, the international Human Rights organization for the Right to Food, calls for profound changes in international food-related policies and governance. FIAN welcomes the decision made by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Council to hold the third World Food Summit in November 2009.

This announcement was made last Friday in Rome by the FAO Director General; it was stated that the goals of the Summit are to solidify a strong and effective commitment from World leaders to eradicate hunger by 2025 and to address the root causes of the present situation through the full implementation of the Human Right to Food.

Latest FAO figures published on June 19, 2009 indicate that 1.02 billion people, more than ever in human history, are undernourished worldwide. This figure is about 100 million more than last year and represents around one-sixth of all humanity.

FIAN Secretary General Flavio Valente stated: “We are living in a crucial moment. We need a profound change in international food-related policies and governance architecture. We definitively support a World Food Summit which prioritises attacking the structural causes of hunger and mainstreaming the Right to Food on all levels.”

“We share the call of the FAO Council for a more coherent and effective system of governance with regards to world food security. We clearly need more accountability of governments and intergovernmental agencies. Real participation of civil society is essential, especially from peasants and farmers movements, indigenous peoples, fisherfolks, rural women and agricultural workers. If the chronic food crisis is to be tackled, their voices must be heard.” states Valente.

Further information:
Flavio Valente, +49-172-139 4447
Martin Wolpold-Bosien, +49-177-339 1263

FAO figures on hunger:
FAO Council on Food Summit:


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