Last year, nongovernmental organizations slammed the G-20 for prioritizing the European debt crisis over food security. Will world leaders put food security higher on the agenda at the upcoming summit in Los Cabos, Mexico?
In a letter issued May 25, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso noted the European Union’s four priority areas at the summit, which will run June 18-19:
Growth and employment.
Strengthen the International Monetary Fund.
Reform the financial system.
Food security and the G-20’s development work.
The letter did not hint on new initiatives similar to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which was launched at the recently concluded G-8 summit. The two leaders only said they will welcome progress made on the implementation of the G-20 Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture adopted last year. They, however, backed Mexico’s push for green growth to be part of the agenda.
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