LOS CABOS, Mexico, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - As the G20 wraps up in Mexico today, World Vision's food security
expert, Sheri Arnott, says:
"As the Los Cabos Summit concludes today, children and families living
in poverty can know their voices have finally made it to the table as a
whisper—thanks to Canada's leadership on food security and nutrition. A
clear example of this was the new AgResults initiative announced by
Canada, the UK and Australia. It's critical that the G20 affirmed
commitments to work with developing countries on meeting and moving
beyond the MDGs and has not allowed the Eurozone crisis to eclipse
their commitment to building a better future for the world's poor.
Nutrition figured prominently in the G20 development agenda and this was
so critical in addressing the chronic malnutrition that leaves 170
million children stunted each year. The G20's support for the UN's
Scaling Up Nutrition movement makes us hopeful the world can
dramatically reduce child deaths and stunting. The leaders have made a
strong commitment this week to make sure this will move beyond vague
promises to action by agreeing to an accountability process for
development results. This set of checks and balances sends a clear
message that saving the lives of poor children are starting to matter
to the G20.
The G20's efforts—through Canada's leadership—to improve agriculture and
food security have the potential to result in concrete improvements for
the people who most need these solutions. We implore the G20 to measure
their results by the impact it has on small-holder farmers, especially
women. But, we know that simply increasing productivity doesn't
automatically ensure the benefits are reaching families, so
nutrition-specific interventions are critical for reducing chronic
malnutrition. Reducing child malnutrition rates is one of the best ways
the G20 can ensure programs are reaching the poorest households.
This has been the most inclusive and transparent G20 process that World
Vision has experienced and we call on Russia's leadership in 2013 to
build on a commitment to engage and incorporate civil society in G20
deliberations and summits."
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.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
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Media contact in Los Cabos:
Tiffany Baggetta, World Vision Canada