Target: The United Nations
Goal: Prioritize the eradication of hunger in 2013.
The United Nations (UN) was able to reach its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting those in need of potable water in half in 2012, but has yet to reach its goal of eradicating world hunger, in part due to the economic stress on developing states and the changing global climate. The UN World Food Programme has previously relied on its Strategic Plan which comes to a conclusion at the end of 2013. Because of the relative success of this plan and the amount of hunger and malnutrition that still plagues many parts of the developing world, it is imperative that the United Nations as a whole takes time in the coming year to focus a huge deal of effort on ending this problem.
The UN lists the eradication of poverty and hunger as one of its Millennium Development Goals, which are targeted to be reached in 2015. However, this goal has focused so greatly on the eradication of poverty (an important factor in feeding those that are hungry) that it has failed to address issues such as climate change and the quality of food available to starving children and adults. In fact, the MDG Review from 2012 addresses the fact that while poverty levels have continued to decrease in many regions, progress in relieving food deprivation has slowed or stalled in a number of areas, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
By putting greater focus on the eradication of hunger beginning in 2013, the United Nations may be able to tackle a topic that has so far had unimpressive results. People around the world rely on a healthy, balanced diet to be active and productive, and other Millennium Development Goals will fail if this one is not reached. Sign this petition and tell the UN to work hard to end hunger in 2013.
Dear United Nations:
While you have made great strides in meeting Millennium Development Goals over the last few years, the eradication of hunger appears to be stalled in place, making it unlikely that this goal will be met by the 2015 deadline. The UN has placed a great deal of emphasis on ending worldwide poverty, which while an important factor in malnutrition, fails to confront other issues such as climate change and quality of food being produced and distributed.
Without ending hunger in fragile developing regions, it will be difficult to reach other millennium development goals. We urge that you focus a great deal of effort on the eradication all sources of world hunger in 2013, especially in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia which have suffered a great deal during the financial and environmental crisis. With one in five children in the developing world still underweight, it is clear to see that this issue should be at the forefront of the international conversation.
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