Robinson: Previous targets on world hunger have 'not served us well enough'

A major conference on global hunger is taking place in Dublin today.

The conference is organised by the Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation as part of Ireland's EU Presidency.

It is examining the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition and will hear from high profile speakers such as former US Vice President Al Gore and the head of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin.

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson said the conference is about listening to the right people who live with the effects of hunger and climate change on a day-to-day basis.

Mrs Robinson said: "I think we are going to have very vclear ideas and very clear messages and it is a very good time, because we are in a period wher we are going to be rethinking development.

"It is coming to the end of the millenium development period, those goals have served us but not well enough.

"We have one in seven still hungry, children stunted from malnutrtion. So we have to learn what actually will matter to people producing food and nutrition."

The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said we are not doing enough to tackle global hunger and nutrition.

He said: "I think the world is not doing enough if you look around at the scale of poverty and hunger.

"Certainly there have been a lot of achievements, there has been a lot of work done, but we have to do more.

"As long as there is a single child dying from hunger in the world it is something we all have to take responsibility for."

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