Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 16, 2013

On April 15 and16, Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier (Acting) participated in the “Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice” Conference, held at Dublin Castle and hosted by the Government of Ireland and the Mary Robinson Foundation.

The event brought together key policy makers and global leaders, civil society representatives, and people who face food insecurity and undernutrition to facilitate a dialogue with the goal of informing potential approaches to address the nexus of hunger, nutrition and climate change in the post-2015 Development Agenda.

President of Ireland H.E. Mr. Michael D. Higgins formally opened the conference, and speakers included former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and former Vice-President of the United States Al Gore. Special Representative Shrier (Acting) participated on the panel “From Learning to Leading – Informing the post-2015 Development Agenda,” where panelists offered different points of view on how the exchanges from the conference could be connected to the post-2015 agenda.

The U.S government works with partners to build the resilience of communities vulnerable to climate change, by helping partner countries develop strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, transition to low-carbon futures and better cope with climate impacts. Feed the Future, the U.S. Government hunger and food security initiative, supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sector to spur economic growth that increases incomes and reduces hunger, poverty and undernutrition. These investments contribute to the health, stability, and resilience of developing countries, and support responsible management of natural resources in the face of a growing population and changing climate.

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PRN: 2013/0419