Supporting the global movement to reduce child malnutrition beyond London 2012
On the final day of the 2012 Olympics in London, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) joined world leaders and sporting legends in a global commitment to end child malnutrition.
At an event at 10 Downing Street, co-convened by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Vice President Michel Temer of Brazil, the leaders urged for further support to improve the lives of millions of children through better nutrition. Together, they appealed for the world to take decisive action around the issue before the Rio Olympics in 2016.
"This initiative by the leadership of the UK and Brazilian governments is a big boost in sustaining the new global momentum to tackling malnutrition," said Marc Van Ameringen, GAIN’s Executive Director, who chaired a roundtable at the event on mobilizing business to deliver more nutritious foods.
"The private sector is the world’s food producer, and if we are to improve nutrition for the poorest, we need specific partnerships between entrepreneurs, governments and NGO’s to deliver more affordable and nutritious food to them."
Participants at the private sector roundtable included Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; Vinita Bali, CEO of Britannia Industries, India and GAIN board member; Kaiser Kabir, CEO of Renata Ltd, Bangladesh and GAIN board member. There were also representatives from GSK, Syngenta, USAID and Yedent Ghana.
Sporting legends including double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, the footballer Pele and Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie also joined the event as part of their own personal campaigning to end the cycle of hunger and poverty.
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