Friday, October 12, 2007

World Food Day Oct 16: Focus on the Right to Food

If you're in NYC... see you here:

From the Greater New York Dietetic Association:

The choice of The Right to Food as the theme for 2007 World Food Day demonstrates increasing recognition by the international community of the important role of human rights in eradicating hunger and poverty, and hastening and deepening the sustainable development process.

The links between climate change, hunger and poverty will be the focus of the 2007 teleconference. Three international leaders -- Suzanne Hunt, independent consultant, currently dividing her time among the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Global Bioenergy Partnership, Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Research Scientist and Leader of the Climate Impacts Group at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, Stanford University professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and founder and editor of the Interdisciplinary journal, Climate Change, -- will discuss the many crosscutting issues of global climate change and the potentially disastrous consequences, especially for millions of poor and chronically undernourished people. The overwhelming majority of the world's climate scientists are convinced that the looming crisis is caused primarily by "humankind's activities" and will require immediate and farsighted action by all nations, rich and poor. In addition to the guest panelists there will be a live uplink from the World Food Prize ceremonies and cameo comments from other experts.

Two documentary films – The Millennium Development Goals and The Ecological Footprint – will highlight the goals agreed to by rich and poor country leaders in 2000 and will consider an ingenious way for determining whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature's resources faster than the planet can renew them.

When: Tuesday October 16th, 2007, 11:45 AM – 3:00 PM

12 Noon – 1:00 PM Teleconference panel discussion

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Individual site discussion of local hunger issues and activities; prepare question for panel (bring your own lunch)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM "Town meeting" question & answer period between panelists and individual sites

Where: Cornell University Cooperative Extension, 16 E 34th Street , 8th floor
bring photo ID for building security

Please R.S.V.P. to Maggie Meehan, GNYHEN Co-chair at: meehan.maggie@, be sure to put "World Food Day Teleconference" in the subject heading