The Secretary General urged donors to fund a UN appeal as first step in tackling global food crisis. From the UN News Center:
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on donors to urgently provide the $755 million in emergency funds needed for the United Nations to feed millions of hungry people worldwide, as the first of a series of measures to tackle the global food crisis.
“The [27 heads of UN Agencies] call upon the international community and, in particular, developed countries to urgently and fully fund the emergency requirement of $755 million for the World Food Programme and honour outstanding pledges,” said Mr. Ban, standing alongside WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran and other leaders of UN bodies on the frontline in dealing with food security.
So far, of the WFP’s initial appeal of $2.1 billion only $900 million has been received. Unless developed countries pony up, many people will starve.