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UAE to join worldwide global walk to end child hunger

posted on 12/05/2007: 717 views

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide will walk together on Sunday, May 13th 2007 over a 24-hour period in each of the planet?s time zones, to deliver a message: child hunger has no place in this world and citizens across the globe can put an end to it.

Beginning in New Zealand at 10:00 in the morning and moving sequentially through major capitals and small villages in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, Walk the World aims to engage citizens worldwide to raise awareness and funds and assist more hungry children to go to school.

Funds raised through Walk the World will go to WFP's Global School Feeding Programme. This initiative links food and education by offering free meals to world's most vulnerable children.

2007 marks the fifth anniversary of this unique event and also the arrival of Unilever (one of the world's largest consumer goods companies) to work collectively with other partners to end child hunger.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) together with its major corporate partners are teaming up with an array of celebrities, dignitaries, employees, NGO partners, family, friends and people affected by hunger themselves, to ?Fight Hunger: Walk the World?.

Hunger is the greatest threat to health worldwide. Every year more people die from hunger and hunger related causes than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. There are more than 850 million chronically hungry people in the world today.

"Walk the World brings together any and all who care about child hunger,” said Josette Sheeran, WFP Executive Director.

"This unique event, involves the very people who suffer from hunger themselves- men, women and children displaced by civil conflicts and children who receive daily meal at schools in developing countries.” Last year, WFP provided school meals for 19.4 million children in 71 countries.

All too often children particularly girls are deprived of education because their families cannot afford to send them to school. Yet education is one of the best ways of permanently escaping the vicious intergenerational cycle of poverty, illiteracy, poor health and hunger.

Those wishing to step in may do so by organizing a walk, joining a walk, by sponsoring a participant, donating to a Walk or by making a general donation all through The website carries information about each of the Walk the World events, stories, photos, blogs, an online shop, videos, music, helpful hints and more, providing a global forum and map of action to fight child hunger. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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