Press release - G8 summit in Camp David

G8 summit in Camp David

Agreements from the 2009 G8 summit in L'Aquila not yet fulfilled

(16.5.2012) In the run-up to the forthcoming G8 summit, the Welthungerhilfe is reminding the Federal Government that key promises from the 2009 meeting in L'Aquila remain unfulfilled.

 

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New methods to ensure harvests - here SRI-System in India. © Boethling

At this summit, governmental leaders from the large industrialised countries agreed to make a total of 22 billion dollars available for agriculture and food security between 2010 and 2012. Three years ago saw global food prices reach record highs and the summit represented the beginning of a new initiative for securing food, for which an additional 6 billion dollar was supposed to be earmarked. Estimates suggest that only around 20 to 30 percent of the promised funds have actually been paid out to date. However, the Federal Government has largely lived up to its promises.

"In her governmental statement on this year's G8 summit, the German Chancellor emphasised that the fight against hunger represents an existential challenge for the international community. We have asked her to work towards ensuring that the promises from the last summit are honoured. The Welthungerhilfe advocates extending the initiatives that were agreed upon at L'Aquila in order to provide developing countries with support over the long term", said Bärbel Dieckmann, President of the Welthungerhilfe.



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