Hundreds of invitations have been sent. Press releases and fact sheets have been drafted. Volunteers have been coordinated. It's time for the big event. Today, Secretary Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin are hosting "1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future: Partnering to Reduce Child Undernutrition." The "1,000 Days" event addresses the problem of child undernutrition, focusing on programs targeted at the 1,000 day "window of opportunity" -- the critical developmental period from pregnancy to two years of age.
As the guests, speakers, and dignitaries from around the world stream in, it's exciting to see this important event come together. The State Department, including the Bureau of Economics, Energy, and Business Affairs, our colleagues at USAID, the United Nations, and across the U.S. and Irish governments have been working around the clock to bring attention to this crisis. As 200 million children around the world suffer from chronic undernutrition, we are bringing the international community together to meet this challenge. Evidence shows that a child who is well nourished for the critical 1,000 days will have a healthier and more prosperous future. "1,000 Days" is more than one event. It includes commitments to follow-up actions and aims to support a broad-based movement to improve child nutrition.
The event reflects the larger U.S. government commitment to enhancing food security and supporting the Feed the Future initiative. In the Bureau of Economics, for example, we are part of a collaborative global effort centered on country-led processes to improve food security, and the U.S. government will be investing more than $3.5 billion over three years to support country-led plans to combat hunger. We are working to promote research and innovation that offer the potential to help countries meet their food security needs, improve the environment, and increase rural incomes. These goals have enormous potential for contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty by 50 percent by 2015.
As my team works behind the scenes to support this event today, I'm proud to say that we're working hard every day to combat the root causes of chronic hunger and poverty around the world. This is an effort that I will be a part of next month when I hit the road to Chicago and Des Moines for the World Food Prize, so please stay tuned.
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