As G-20 leaders gather in Cannes, World Vision joins private meeting with French President Nicholas Sarkozy

  • World Vision says it is "not too late" to save the 200 million children who are malnourished every day

CANNES, France, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - World Vision's national director in India, Dr. Jayakumar Christian, met privately with French President Nicholas Sarkozy and other NGO leaders Tuesday morning to discuss critical issues in this year's G-20 Summit.  The meeting included representatives of French and international NGOs and focused on food security, innovative financing, and social protection.

Dr. Christian challenged the President to consider what his legacy would be to the 200 million children who experience malnutrition every day and are permanently affected by stunting, poor educational outcomes and lack of employment opportunities.

"There have been significant improvements for children over the past decade, but we cannot stop now.  It's not too late to help the 200 million children suffering from malnutrition every day," said Dr. Christian, national director with World Vision in India.  "It would be shameful if the G-20 did not continue these efforts in discussions this week and intentionally focus on the situation of children who are so deeply impacted by food insecurity and poor nutrition."

President Sarkozy assured Dr. Christian that he was personally committed to addressing food security, particularly through investments in agricultural production. World Vision encourages the G-20 leaders and other donors to ensure that improved nutrition for women and children is integrated into all food security and agriculture programs and policies.

Commenting on the value of this meeting with President Sarkozy, Dr. Christian said, "This kind of opportunity is so important for organizations like World Vision because we are able to bring the lives and stories of children we work with directly to some of the most powerful leaders in the world.  The decisions made by President Sarkozy and other G-20 leaders will have a direct impact on the children we work with in 100 countries around the world."

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre worldvision.ca

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

Media Contact:
Tiffany Baggetta in Cannes, France at the G-20
Tel. 416-305-9612
Tiffany_Baggetta@worldvision.ca


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