World Summit on Food Security

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 21, 2009
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World Summit on Food Security | Summit Declaration

From November 16 to 18, more than 150 nations came together in Rome, where delegations endorsed a declaration that serves as a dramatic shift in the way in which we, as a global community, address the challenge of ensuring food security. The nations that signed the declaration pledged to put developing countries in the lead in terms of planning and implementing national food security strategies, with donors playing a supporting and complementary role.

The U.S. delegation, led by Alonzo Fulgham, Acting Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development and Vice-Chair of the Summit, advocated vigorously for a Summit declaration that not only acknowledged the critical problem of hunger and food insecurity, but also articulated solutions rooted in a focus on country-led programs and strategies. We underscored the need for a significant change in approach to the challenge of food security and were pleased when this was embraced by our colleagues from around the world.

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Patrick
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Maryland, USA
November 22, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hello, Gentlepeople of the States Department. :)

I hope everyone is having a good week . I'v been trying to keep up with everyone's views, on different subjects. Everyone has a very special view of different events, which makes, what you write very helpful to our perspective of the events that are discussed and committed on this site.

Anyways ,i think it's great that their having a meeeting about (Food Security), because there is almost nothing as important, as the "Growing of Food in our Future". :)

..Okay....Cya...My..Friends.....:)

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 24, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

"In 1941, following a speech by the African American civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt remarked, "You know, Mr. Randolph, I've heard everything you've said tonight, and I couldn't agree with you more. I agree with everything that you've said, including my capacity to be able to right many of these wrongs and to use my power and the bully pulpit. ... But I would ask one thing of you, Mr. Randolph, and that is go out and make me do it."

Industry groups spend vast sums of money to affect policy in ways that serve their own interests, regardless of whether the greater public good will be served. While it's easy to be cynical about politics in the United States, it still holds true that citizens, when we organize and speak with one voice against social and economic injustice, also have tremendous influence. Average citizens have far more power than we sometimes realize to influence what policymakers are willing to do.

Every member of U.S. society, including people who do not see themselves as leaders in a traditional sense, can play a role in holding government and other institutions accountable to moral standards. An individual may feel isolated, but working together with like-minded people across the nation and the world multiplies oneãs impact. Participating in building the common good can also be personally satisfying and contribute to one's own sense of wholeness, community, and spirituality."

-from the conclusion of the following;

http://www.hungerreport.org/2010/report/

While I agree with the above wholeheartedly, and it illuminates why Dipnote came into being on a philsophical level, as a practical tool for public engagement;...Why is it I find myself occasonally compelled to remind my government that you folks work for us, the public?

Don't make us make you do the right thing, that's what we elected folks to do for us.

Although I gotta say, I doubt that the current president will be want to say, "Make me." anytime soon, as he seems pretty motivated by public support as it is.

As is USAID and STATE on these issues.

Thanks for showing the love of humanity, for humanity.

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