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Mary Robinson, Tom Arnold appointed to high-level UN child hunger group

The UN Secretary General has invited Mary Robinson and Concern’s Tom Arnold to a high-level international working group aimed at tackling child hunger in the world’s poorest countries.
Apr 11th 2012, 7:15 AM 1,539 7

THE SECRETARY GENERAL of the United Nations has announced that former Irish President Mary Robinson and CEO of Concern Tom Arnold have been appointed to a high-level international working group aimed at tackling child hunger in the world’s poorest countries.

The multi-stakeholder Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, which was initiated in 2010, aims to reduce the number of people around the world, particularly children, affected by poor nutrition.

Some 27 members have so far signed up to follow the principles of the SUN Movement, focusing particularly on improving nutrition during the vulnerable period of 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.

Arnold said that he was “honoured” to accept the invitation from Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, saying that the SUN Movement represented “one of the most positive and potentially most impactful developments in the fight against poverty over the past decade”.

He added the fact that two Irish people had been invited to join the Lead Group should be seen as an acknowledgement of the role Ireland had played in the fight against global hunger.

The invitation marks the third time the UN Secretary General has invited Tom Arnold to serve on a high level international group.

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