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Are we sleep-walking into global famine?
The meeting will debate the assertion that there is 'a growing and inevitable famine engulfing the world'. It will take place soon after the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which will principally address the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development. Its programme recognises food to be one of the seven most critical issues facing humanity but observers fear consensus will be hard to reach. At this late stage, a proposal has emerged for agreeing to sustainable development goals (MDG) as an outcome of the Conference. Late meetings in New York intend to bring these issues into focus.
Benny Dembitzer is an international development economist. He was a member of the team that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
Simon Maxwell, also an economist, began his career working in Kenya and India for the UN Development Programme and then in Bolivia for the UK Overseas Development Administration. He was Director of the Overseas Development Institute from 1997-2009.
Portcullis House in Bridge Street faces the Houses of Parliament. Entry is through revolving doors facing the Embankment. Please allow twenty minutes to pass through security.
We expect a full meeting so please register (+ friends) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to :UNA, 61 Sedlescombe Road, London SW6 1RE
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