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1,000 Days - Press Release 5.18.12

1,000 Days - Press Release 5.18.12

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Media contact:
Maureen Meehan763-442-0165 /Maureen_Meehan@jtpr.com 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAY 18, 2012
Global Nutrition in the Spotlight of the New Alliance onFood Security and Nutrition
1,000 Days commends President Obama for a renewed commitment to promote long-termeconomic growth by addressing hunger and child malnutrition
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 
President Obama’s announcement today for the New Alliance for FoodSecurity and Nutritionelevates the call to action on the global crisis of malnutrition, with a specificfocus on improving nutrition in the 1,000 days during pregnancy up to a child's second birthday. Theannouncement comes on the eve of the G-8 Summit at Camp David where leaders will further addressthe issues of global food security and nutrition.Just yesterday, world leaders and civil society organizations met on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. tocall on G-8 leaders and global policy makers to commit a greater effort toward addressing hunger andmalnutrition at a forum titled“Scaling Up Nutrition: Calling All Champions.” The forum, organized by 1,000 Days and a coalition of international organizations, specificallyhighlighted efforts to combat child malnutrition—a condition resulting in almost three million preventable child deaths annually and draining billions of dollars in lost productivity and health carecosts from poor countries.“President Obama, his administration and the G-8 should be commended for this historic commitmentaddressing the global crisis of malnutrition,” said Lucy Sullivan, Executive Director of the 1,000 DaysPartnership. “Nearly 200 million children worldwide are chronically malnourished, resulting in hugelosses not only in human potential but also economic potential in some of the world’s poorest countries.The upcoming G-8 Summit discussion is an important start but there is still much work to be done.”Thursday’s forum included President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania; Senator Richard Durbin; Representative James McGovern; Representative Rosa DeLauro; Gayle Smith, SpecialAssistant to President Obama and Senior Director at the National Security Council; The HonorableBeverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, Government of Canada; The Honorable ErtharinCousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme; His Excellency Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States; Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, United States Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID); leadership from the World Bank, the Alliance to End Hunger, Bread for theWorld, Save the Children, The Millennium Challenge Corporation, NEPAD and Concern Worldwide.On Monday, a second summit will convene in Chicago to address the U.S. and global epidemic of childmalnutrition. The summit,
1,000 Days to Change the Future: Making Malnutrition History
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willfeature a keynote address from the Honorable Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World FoodProgramme, as well as leaders from across all sectors including business, foundation, academic, non- profit and medical communities. For more information, please contact:Maureen_Meehan@jtpr.com 

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