British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will be holding a hunger summit in 2013 – a big win for the thousands of Save the Children supporters who have joined the Race Against Hunger campaign.
The meeting will follow on from the hunger summit Mr Cameron held on the last day of the Olympics which delivered progress in the tackling the global malnutrition crisis.
Every year more than 2 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food.
Since the Olympic Hunger Summit Save the Children and its supporters have been urging the Prime Minister to keep tackling hunger at the top of the global agenda in 2013.
Today’s announcement is a big step to meeting that goal and Save the Children chief executive, Justin Forsyth, warmly welcomed the move: "David Cameron’s leadership will help transform the lives of millions of children. 2013 is an historic opportunity to launch the biggest push against hunger in history.’
He added: "Malnutrition is the silent killer of 2.3 million children each year, yet it is entirely preventable. With high food prices more children’s lives are at risk and urgent action is required.’
No child goes hungry
“Putting hunger and malnutrition at the top of the global agenda while Britain holds the Presidency of the G8, will be a crucial step in ensuring that no child goes hungry and every child gets a fair chance in life.’
“We hope this summit galvanises support for helping those children who desperately need help, while taking action on the drivers of high food prices.”
Source: Save the Children UK