October 03, 2018 12:23

International Launch of the 2018 Global Hunger Index FORCED MIGRATION AND HUNGER

Join us on World Food Day, October 16th for an update on the latest data on hunger and undernutrition and a discussion on the EU’s role in tackling the causes of both hunger and forced migration.

 

On Tuesday October 16 in Brussels, Alliance2015 presents the 2018 Global Hunger Index, one of the main research tools designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at the global, regional, and national levels. The event will take place at the European Parliament, from 08.00 to 09.30am (Altiero Spinelli building, floor 0 - Members’ Salon).

The 2018 Global Hunger Index (#GHI2018), now in its thirteenth edition, analyses progress and problems in the fight against hunger in 119 countries at regional, national and sub-national levels. This year's report shows how the achievement of Zero Hunger, the 2nd United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal for the year 2030 is still far away: according to the projections of the 2018 GHI, 50 countries will not be able to reach the lower hunger level by 2030.

#GHI2018 explores the relationship between hunger and forced migration. Today, 68.5 million people globally have been forced to leave their homes: of these, 40 million are internally displaced, 25.4 million are refugees and 3.1 million are asylum-seekers (UNHCR). Hunger is a continuing danger that threatens the lives of displaced persons and has a massive impact on migration flows worldwide.

At the GHI launch event, Alliance2015 experts, independent researchers, EU policymakers and civil society representatives will discuss how the GHI analysis helps us to understand if hunger is a root cause or a consequence of forced migration; what the living conditions are of those forced to leave their home due to the complex interplay between hunger and displacement and what can be done by politicians, policymakers and implementers to strengthen affected communities’ resilience and self-reliance, even in fragile settings. The discussions will also respond to recent climate change related evidence that, for example, farmers migrate as temperatures increase, which exacerbates global and regional inequality, underlining that social justice and equity are core aspects of climate-resilient development pathways that aim to limit global warming to 1.5°C and work towards hunger and poverty eradication at the same time.

The GHI is edited by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, two partners of Alliance2015, the European network of eight development and humanitarian NGOs.

Our membership is active in 89 countries, programming €981 million in 2017 alone. We work together to deliver better SDG results, value for money, and increased transparency and accountability. At present we count 39 joint programming initiatives covering 20 countries, to a value of over €90 000 000.

Speakers:

 

  • Commissioner Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Brian Hayes, MEP
  • Arne Lietz, MEP
  • Linda McAvan, MEP, Chair, Committee on Development
  • Bucay Deng, Deputy Country Director, Welthungerhilfe South Sudan
  • Amina Abdulla, Country Director, Concern Worldwide Kenya
  • Laura Hammond, Reader in Development Studies, SOAS, London
  • Dominic MacSorley, CEO Concern Worldwide and Member of Alliance2015 Executive Board

 

Register to the event

Free admission on reservation subject to availability.

For information and registration and interview requests: martina.salvioni@alliance2015.org