With 13 million people affected by the drought across East Africa and the UN suggesting that 250,000 people are still at risk of death in Somalia, States need to step up their efforts to confront the humanitarian and political challenges. That means taking immediate action to meet the needs of people suffering right now and committing to long-term solutions to prevent hunger on such a scale ever happening again.
Governments, NGOs and people in affected communities all know what the solutions are. Many governments have already signed up to commitments and declarations that if implemented could ensure this level of suffering is never experienced again anywhere in the world.
The Charter to End Extreme Hunger has been drafted by organisations from across the world determined to show how extreme hunger can be ended. We are asking for governments and heads of state to endorse the Charter and commit to implementing the changes that are needed.
The Charter was launched on 24 September at the United Nations in New York. The first signatory was Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, supported by Valerie Amos, Head of UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).
Since then it has been endorsed by Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim, as well as the Head of the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Office, UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström. The UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, has also expressed his support for the Charter’s aims.
The most recent endorsement has come from Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response.
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