Media Release:

23 October 2009

Australian and African parliamentarians working for food security

Australia and Uganda, on behalf of other African states, have jointly put forward an important initiative addressing Global Food Security at the 121st General Assembly of the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva this week.

This joint resolution sets out a role for Parliamentarians across the world to work together with world leaders, Governments, UN organisations and non-governmental organisations to address the challenges of food security.

The Australian delegation worked closely with Uganda and other African Group Parliamentarians to secure support for this initiative.

Over 1 billion people in the world do not have enough food to eat. Two-thirds of these are in the Asia-Pacific region, while Africa has the highest proportion of people suffering from chronic hunger in the world. Every six seconds a child dies because of starvation and related diseases.

The resolution was adopted unanimously by world Parliamentarians.

The Australian delegation to the IPU was led by the Hon Roger Price, MP and included Senator the Hon Judith Troeth, Senator Trish Crossin and Mrs Sophie Mirabella, MP.

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