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English

While G7 finance ministers and central bankers deliberated in Rome over how to deploy resources to rescue their crumbling economies and financial systems, UN and other agencies were there to remind them that global poverty was on the rise again.
“The numbers of hungry and poor are increasing,” warned Lennart Bage, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad), noting that the long downward trend in the ranks of poverty had been reversed, partly due to continuing high prices of food and a fall in remittances.


In early 2008, soaring food prices drew extensive public attention to the issue of hunger in the Asia-Pacific region. The food price crisis threatened to reverse critical gains made toward reducing poverty and hunger as outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Much of the increased attention focused on the issue of price rather than the structural causes of hunger, including social exclusion, inequitable distribution, access to natural resources and low agricultural productivity.


The 64th Global Peace Boat, which set sail in Yokohama, Japan on January 15, arrived in Cape Town on February 13 after a successful 30-day voyage across two continents.

Passengers traveling on the Peace Voyage called on African and Western governments to treat the rising levels of poverty in many African countries as a global emergency.

The passengers, who included youth from various African countries and Japan, demanded that world leaders take immediate action and decisive steps to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.


In a live interview with World Update on February 13, 2009, the Director of the UN Millennium Campaign calls on G-7 finance ministers, meeting in Rome on February 13-14, to create a vulnerability fund for poor countries and reject protectionism, in order to address the global economic crisis.

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ROME, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The world’s poor are bearing the brunt of the global recession and finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich nations meeting in Rome this week must take action to help them, poverty campaigners said.

The United Nations Millennium Campaign has warned that those



The Millennium Development Goals are achievable irrespective of the ongoing economic crisis if countries are persistent in their pro poor policies, says Erna Witoelar, former UN Special Ambassador for MDGs in Asia Pacific. In an interview with OneWorld South Asia, she shares her views on ways to get the goals on track.


The United Nations Millennium Campaign is urging G-7 finance ministers, meeting in Rome on February 13-14 to address the economic crisis, not to forget about the world’s poorest people, who have had nothing to do with the causes of the crisis, but are facing the consequences.


UN MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN CALLS ON G-7 FINANCE MINISTERS TO CREATE VULNERABILITY FUND FOR POOR, KEEP AID PLEDGES AND INCREASE TRADE

The United Nations Millennium Campaign is urging G-7 finance ministers, meeting in Rome on February 13-14 to address the economic crisis, not to forget about the world’s poorest people, who have had nothing to do with the causes of the crisis, but are facing the consequences.

Brasília, January 28, 2009 – Brazilians can now monitor the status of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the ‘Portal ODM’ (www.portalodm.org.br), which presents data related to the MDGs in each of the 5,564 Brazilian municipalities.

The global launch of the Portal will take place during the World Social Forum, which is being held in Belém, Brazil, from January 27 – February 1. However, the portal can be accessed as of today through www.portalodm.com.br/index.php.


Over the past two days, high-level ministers, representatives of international organizations and several non-government and civil society organizations gathered at the Madrid High Level Meeting on Food Security for All. The event, hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was held to discuss the challenges to presented by soaring food prices, ways to stimulate agricultural development and food production and to address obstacles to food access.