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Statement: Save the Children says G7 Hunger Commitment a 'Small Start' but More Needed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 28, 2022)—Save the Children welcomed the G7 commitment of US$4.5 billion to fight global hunger but said more was needed to tackle the world’s worst global hunger crisis in decades.

 In response to the final communique from the G7 Summit in Krün, Germany, Christy Gleason, Save the Children’s Vice President of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, said:

 "We welcome the new commitment of US$4.5 billion by G7 leaders to increase global food and nutrition security through the Global Alliance for Food Security to provide urgently-needed investment to save lives now. But this was a lost opportunity to come up with the kind of comprehensive package of support which was needed. This package needed a stronger focus on nutrition, including commitment to providing the therapeutic foods needed to bring severely malnourished children back from the brink and stem the rising tide of malnutrition happening now.

 “We welcome strong U.S. leadership to address the global food security crisis.  We call on the US to work with other G7 leaders to commit to meaningful, long-term action to tackle the cyclical, predictable crises that threaten millions of lives, including climate change and conflict. Continuing to act purely reactively will cost us all so much more– in lives and in money –than acting strategically to address the root causes of these crises.”

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