GAIN Attends Downing Street Olympic Hunger Event
High-level Meeting to Address Efforts to Reduce Child Malnutrition Globally
Geneva, Switzerland, GAIN, 10 August 2012 -- British Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting on Sunday 12th August a high-level roundtable on hunger at 10 Downing Street to precede the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games.
The Global Hunger Event, co-convened by Prime Minister Cameron and Vice President Michel Temer of Brazil, will call on world leaders to step up efforts to reduce child malnutrition before the next Olympics, hosted by Brazil in 2016.
The event, which will be attended by more than forty Heads of Government and leaders from business and civil society, includes a roundtable on mobilising business chaired by GAIN’s Executive Director, Marc Van Ameringen. Participants at the private sector roundtable will include Vinita Bali, CEO of Britannia India and GAIN Board member, who both serve on the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) lead group, Unilever CEO Paul Polman as well as representatives from GSK, Renata Bangladesh, Syngenta, USAID and Yedent Ghana.
“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 Mr. Van Ameringen. “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 NGOs to deliver more affordable and nutritious food to them,” he added.
Driven by a vision of a world without malnutrition, GAIN was created in 2002 at a Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly on Children. GAIN supports public-private partnerships to increase access to the missing nutrients in diets necessary for people, communities and economies to be stronger and healthier. With a current daily reach of over 610 million people (half of whom are women and children) in more than 30 countries GAIN’s goal is to improve the lives of 1.5 billion people within the most vulnerable populations around the world through access to sustainable nutrition solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gainhealth.org, follow us on Twitter @GAINalliance and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GAINalliance.