Monday, 13 May 2013

Enough Food for Everyone IF...towards the G8

Sent: 09 May 2013 11:34
To: JONES, Graham
Subject: Enough Food for Everyone IF...towards the G8

Dear Mr Jones,, The Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign is now in its 15th week and gearing up for more action in the lead up to the G8.

Since its launch in January, 73,130 supporters have signed up to the campaign using their voice to fight the silent scandal and injustice of hunger. In February and March 40,000 constituents wrote to their MPs, 300 met their MPs, and 17,000 people wrote to the Chancellor directly to express their support for spending 0.7% GNI on overseas aid and encourage him to tackle tax dodging in the Finance Bill.

From 8 to 17 June, the 10 days leading up to the G8 Summit, campaigners will be calling for world leaders to tackle hunger, including tens of thousands of people gathering in Hyde Park on 8 June. To help end hunger we are calling on the G8 to:

·         Clamp down on tax havens and launch a Convention on Tax Transparency to stop the billions of pounds that flow out of developing countries and could be used to help end hunger.

Help poor countries make sure that people have enough food and nutrition by supporting poor families to grow their own food and by investing in nutrition.

·         Give people in developing countries more control over their land by protecting poor farmers from land grabs and using land to grow food not biofuels.

As part of the activities in the lead up to the G8 Summit, this and next month the IF campaign will be holding a number of events in Parliament:

Enough Food for Everyone IF photo opportunity

Come and visit our Fields of Wheat on Tuesday 14th May to support the campaign’s asks on biofuels. This will be an opportunity to take stock of the immense public support we have received in calling for an end to the use of food for fuel, and to have your picture taken to show your support for the campaign.

For more information please contact Florence Richard De Vesvrotte

Faith communities have long shown a real commitment to the world’s poorest. Hundreds of religious sisters, brothers, priests and lay associates of religious orders will be coming to Westminster on Wednesday 15 May to support the IF campaign. Come and join us and our religious campaigners to find out why they support IF and how the G8 provides a real opportunity for action against hunger.

For information and to find out if your constituents will be part of the Religious Lobby please contact Rebecca Manning

What’s been happening?

Last month the Government of Ireland and the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice hosted an international conference to highlight the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition. The Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice Conference aimed to inspire new ways of thinking about global development challenges. The two days were designed to broaden the debate across grassroots organisations who deal with the realities the issues every day and policymakers who advocate for better policies as part of the post-2015 development agenda.

The highlight of the Conference was President Higgins’ reinvigorating opening speech: a must watch! Al Gore, Mary Robinson, David Nabarro, Frank Rijsberman and Prince Seeiso Bereng of Lesotho weren’t too bad either. The learning that took place was influential, with policy makers listening to real experiences and grassroots practitioners sharing stories, ideas and solutions.

What came out of it?

· Ireland will ensure a strong, coherent EU stand on the negotiation of a post-2015 framework for international development.

· Ireland will take forward the interlinked issues of hunger, nutrition and climate justice to the UN General Assembly’s Special Event on the MDGs in September.

· Ireland wants to see a single, new set of measurable goals that target poverty reduction, hunger and protect the environment.

· Ireland is partnering with the UK and CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) on the June 8th Nutrition for Growth Summit and with the United States and Concern Worldwide on the June 10th event in Washington DC.

· Ireland committed to bringing these views to the Council of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg, the World Bank, the United Nations and other multilateral institutions.

Please email if you have any questions or would like more information.