The World Food Summit, which took place in Rome, ended on Wednesday with what Oxfam called "crumbs" for commitments. The Summit was another failed effort for countries to set targets or deadlines on action to help end world hunger by 2025. Undernourishment affects almost a billion people globally.
Next week the regional chapter of the UN-led campaign "Unite to put an End to Violence against Women” will launch in Guatemala. The campaign urges state governments to allocate resources to implement laws protecting women from violence and to provide services to women victims. MADRE partner Sandra Gonzalez of the Women Workers' Committee in Guatemala will be participating in this event, to speak about violence against women maquila (sweatshop) workers.
Humanitarian groups published a study, The Cost of War, that documents the stories of 700 Afghans. The study shows that the vast majority of those interviewed blame the continuation of conflict in their country on poverty and corruption.
Women will bear a disproportionate burden of the hardships caused by climate change, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund. Women in developing nations will be affected differently than men because women do a larger share of agriculture work and have less access to other employment opportunities, the report noted.
The new European Union president was announced this week. EU leaders named Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy as the bloc's first president. The EU leaders also named the new EU foreign affairs chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton of Britain. Both are virtually unknown outside of their respective countries, but were voted in unanimously.