Advocates urge G8 leaders to build a #HungerFree world

Through arts and activism on social media outlets, advocates are sharing their vision for a hunger-free world and calling on G8 leaders to take steps to end global hunger at the 2012 G8 Summit.

By James Addis, World Vision U.S.
Published May 2, 2012 at 12:00am PDT

This week, a global campaign was launched to press leaders of the world’s richest countries — known as the G8 — to take practical steps to end world hunger.

Message to G8: Help hungry children

The HungerFree campaign, spearheaded by World Vision’s advocacy network, ACT:S, comes in the lead-up to the G8 Summit at Camp David, May 18-19. 

The campaign aims to use the power of social media channels to ensure world leaders hear the concerns of thousands of advocates around the world.

HungerFree advocates are specifically urging these world leaders to:

1. Invest in food security programs that target mothers and children under 5.
2. Emphasize nutrition programs that target the critical first 1,000 days of a child’s life.
3. Honor existing G8 aid commitments for health and nutrition interventions and track progress on those commitments.

Social media a medium for change

Advocates will share their vision for a HungerFree world through arts and activism on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.  

“We’ve seen how this generation of activists is able to use technology as a powerful tool to influence global leaders, and we are challenging them to use their power to help eliminate global hunger and malnutrition,” says James Pedrick of World Vision ACT:S.

At the HungerFree site, advocates can:

>> Link their Facebook profile picture to add to a wall of “Faces for a HungerFree world.” The wall will be compiled into a book and presented to G8 leaders.

>> Upload artwork on the hunger-free world theme. The best art will be showcased at an exhibition at Union Station in Washington, D.C., during the G8 summit. The art will also be used in the book presented to G8 leaders.

>> Participate in a Twitter campaign. In the eight days leading up to the summit, tweets will call on global leaders to renew and strengthen the 2009 L’Aquila Food Security Initiative, where G8 leaders pledged major investments in food security programs. The L’Aquila Initiative is set to expire at the end of 2012.

Adam Taylor, World Vision’s vice president of advocacy, says G8 leaders have already agreed to do something about global hunger, and now is the time to renew and fulfill those commitments.

“Together, we have an opportunity to move many of the world’s most powerful leaders into stronger leadership for the world’s most vulnerable children,” he says.

How you can help

Pray for hungry children and families around the world. Pray that G8 leaders would take steps to fight global hunger and honor their existing commitments to invest in hunger programs.

Visit HungerFree.org to see all of the ways to can advocate for a HungerFree world. 

Make a one-time gift to help provide life-saving food and care. In places like West Africa, nearly 3 million children under the age of 5 across the region are affected by a drought and food crisis. Your donation will help deliver emergency food aid, agricultural support, and more to children and families at risk from food shortages.