World Summit on Food Security begins

The World Summit on Food Security is set to open today to give a new momentum to the fight against hunger and malnutrition affecting 1.02 billion people.

Pope Benedict XVI will deliver a keynote speech while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf will also address the Summit.

Over 60 heads of State and Government are planning to attend.

FAO has convened the Summit in Rome, Italy in a bid to marshal political will behind increased investment in agriculture and a reinvigorated international effort to combat hunger.

Participating countries will adopt a Summit Declaration on the first day of the Summit. A Press Conference hosted by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf with the participation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and heads of IFAD and WFP is tentatively scheduled for today.

You can follow events at the FAO webcast.

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