NGOs welcome hunger summit at London Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics logo. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron plans to hold a major event centered on food security the same time as the 2012 Olympics. Photo by: Ben Sutherland / CC BY

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he is planning a “major event” on food security during the London 2012 Olympics.

Cameron made his plans known after the G-8 meeting at Camp David, where food security was high on the agenda. He said in a May 23 statement to the House of Commons that the event will build on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition initiative U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled prior to the meeting.

Details of the event have yet to be released, but several nongovernmental organizations have already welcomed the announcement.

ActionAid’s head of policy Meredith Alexander said world leaders should follow the United Kingdom’s example and put “money on the table” at the summit. Meanwhile, Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s chief executive, said the “Olympics offer a unique opportunity to leave a global legacy beyond sport,” as quoted in AlertNet.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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