Thursday, 18 April 2013

Fight against hunger ‘at heart of Irish foreign policy’, says Eamon Gilmore - World News | Latest International News Headlines | The Irish Times - Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Fight against hunger ‘at heart of Irish foreign policy’, says Eamon Gilmore - World News | Latest International News Headlines | The Irish Times - Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Ireland will push for a greater focus on the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition at international gatherings including the UN General Assembly and the forthcoming G8 summit in Fermanagh, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore said yesterday.

Mr Gilmore was speaking at the close of a conference, hosted by the Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, and organised with the World Food Programme (WFP) as part of Ireland’s EU presidency, which examined the overlap between climate change, hunger and under-nutrition and its impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.
 
“Ireland will keep the fight against hunger at the heart of our foreign policy,” Mr Gilmore said, adding that the Government would advocate for a “single set of measurable goals” to be put in place after 2015, the deadline set when the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were first launched. Progress on achieving the MDGs has fallen far short of what was initially hoped for.
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