Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre, UNU-GEST and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on March 7 from 12:00 to 13:00 at Oddi 201 at the University of Iceland
Conflict and hunger
After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again. 815 million people today go to bed hungry – up from 777 million, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report. Conflict is a key driver of hunger—60 per cent of the world’s hungry live in conflict-affected areas. But hunger also drives conflict. Hunger fuels longstanding grievances and disputes over land, livestock and other assets. The role of food security is thus fundamental as a driver of conflict prevention and sustained peace.
Anne Poulsen, Director of the UN World Food Programme’s Nordic Office (Denmark), discusses the findings of the report.
Moderator: Vera Knútsdóttir, Director of the United Nations Association of Iceland.
Dr. Connie Carøe Christiansen, Visiting Associate Professor at the Lebanese American University in Lebanon and Visiting Lecturer at UNU-GEST.
Finnbogi Rútur Arnarson, Director, Humanitarian Affairs and Policy, Directorate for International Development Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The seminar will be held in English and is open to all.
Further information can be found on the websites of the Institute of International Affairs, Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre, the UNU-GEST and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: www.ams.hi.is / www.peacecentre.is / www.gest.unu.edu / www.utanrikisraduneyti.is
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Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ReykjavikPeaceCentre/
UNU-GEST’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/unugest/
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/utanrikisraduneytid
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