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
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
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Tiffany Baggetta in Cannes, France at the G-20