Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 November 2008

Minister Power highlights Ireland’s leadership on hunger crisis at international development conference in Doha



Minister Power highlights Ireland’s leadership on hunger crisis at international development conference in Doha


DOHA, Qatar, November 30, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Minister invited to give key note address at hunger meeting

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power TD, today emphasised Ireland’s leadership position on world hunger and called for a major new international effort to fight the hunger crisis when he addressed the international Conference on Financing for Development, which is taking place in Doha. 

The UN Conference is reviewing the full range of commitments on development made by the UN member states at Monterrey, Mexico in 2002, and at a series of international conferences since then. Minister Power stressed that the international partnership for development must not be undermined by the response to the global economic crisis.  “Put simply”, he stated, “the poorest people on the planet – the almost one billion who do not have enough food to eat – cannot be the chief victims of a financial crisis they did nothing to create”.

The Minister stated:  “I am determined that hunger must be at the centre of our development policy.  We must respond effectively”. He outlined the recommendations of the Hunger Task Force, which was established by the Government last year and which launched its report at the United Nations in September. 

Minister Power told the conference that Ireland remains on course to achieve the international target of spending 0.7% of GNP on ODA by 2012, and stressed that Ireland and the main international donors are increasingly focusing on the effectiveness of aid delivered.  Minister Power also delivered the keynote speech at a special international meeting held today at the Doha Conference, ‘Tackling the Food and Hunger Crisis’.  He called on all delegations present to recognise the reality that, today, every sixth person in the world does not have enough to eat, and that a third of the world’s children are stunted through malnutrition.  He announced that he has established a special Task Team in the Department of Foreign Affairs, through Irish Aid, which he will chair.  “I will ensure that it follows through on the Hunger Task Force commitment to give hunger the absolute priority it deserves”.



SOURCE : Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


%d bloggers like this: