FAO launches a world petition against hunger


May 11, 2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) launched today, an online petition, urging people to revolt to the fact that about 1 billion people suffer from hunger in the world.

"We should be extremely angry for the outrageous fact that our fellow human beings continue to suffer from hunger", said FAO Director-General, Jacques Diouf. " If you feel the same way, I want you to voice that hunger. All of you, rich and poor, young and old, in developing and developed countries, express your anger about world hunger by adding your names to the global "1 billion hungry" petition at Mr. Diouf said.

The petition available on Internet, urges governments to give top priority to eliminate hunger. The symbol of this campaign is titled as "1billionhungry" ("One billion people hungry") is a yellow whistle that encourages citizens to blow their whistle against hunger. FAO wants the petition to be widespread through social network such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

One of the campaign highlights is a promotional video performed by the British actor Jeremy Irons in which he plays a character inspired by Peter Finch in the film "Network".

The American Olympic champion in athletics, Carl Lewis, and the French soccer player Patrick Vieira are among personalities in the world of Arts and Sports that take part in the campaign's launch. The Association of European Professional Football Leagues will present a video where football players express their anger and sponsor a "Match Day Against Hunger" that will be held on 23-24 October 2010.

International music stars Anggun, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dionne Warwicj, Fanny Lu, Mory Kanté, Noa and Chucho Valdés have donated music for the campaign.

The "1billionhungry" project is benefited by an active support from a great number of civil organizations and a number of NGOs that will promote the campaign through their own network.

With the current pace of hunger reduction, the Millennium Development Goals that are to reduce in half the percentage of hungry people until 2015, will not be reached. From 1 billion victims of hunger in the world, 624 million live in Asia and Pacific, 265 million in Africa, 53 million in Latin America and Caribbean, 42 million in Middle East and 15 million in developed countries.

(Based on news published by UN News Center on 05/11/2010)