The following blog posts address a hunger summit hosted by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the conclusion of the Olympic Games in London on Sunday.
- Tom Arnold, Chicago Council on Global Affairs' "Global Food for Thought" blog: "Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to host a global hunger event in 10 Downing St. is both imaginative and politically important," Arnold, chief executive of Concern Worldwide, writes. "The Prime Minister and Andrew Mitchell, secretary of state for international development, hope that this event will mean that London 2012 has a lasting legacy in creating the political momentum to improve the nutrition of millions of children," he continues, adding, "Let us hope that the legacy of one of the last acts of these Games, the hosting of the global hunger event, will be improved nutrition for tens of millions of children, who can then aspire to Olympic glory in the future" (8/10).
- Amie Newman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's "Impatient Optimists" blog: "Using the world games as a backdrop, the summit aims to raise awareness of what desperately needs more attention on the aid agenda: children suffering from malnutrition in the poorest countries in the world," Newman, communications officer for the foundation and editor of the foundation's blog, writes. She adds that while the event "is not meant to raise funds, it is about highlighting a new global goal to reduce by 40 percent the prevalence of stunting and to bring in new champions to support the global movement against malnutrition. It's a legacy of which the 2012 Olympic Games can be truly proud" (8/11).
- Roger Thurow, One Blog: "[C]onquering malnutrition and stunting should be the very essence of the Olympic movement, giving every child the chance to fulfill his or her potential, physically and mentally," Thurow, a ONE agricultural fellow, journalist and author, writes. "Hopefully, the summit won't be a one-off talk fest, a performance that appears every four years and then falls from view, like some of the sports that only capture our attention during the Olympics," he continues, adding, "Hopefully, the UK government can keep the focus on hunger and malnutrition through next year's G8 meeting that it will host, and beyond" (8/10).
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