21.10.2011 | SEF, City of Bonn and DGVN: Bonn UN Talks "Feeding the World Challenges, Strategies and Volunteers"

News bulletins on the famine in the Horn of Africa show pictures of hundreds of thousands of starving people seeking refuge in camps. They illustrate in a very dramatic and saddening way the inadequate food supply in many regions. But there are other places far removed from this highly visible humanitarian disaster, where hunger and malnutrition lead to a slow death that often goes unnoticed in the public eye. The human right to food is a far cry from reality: Pope Benedict XVI describes hunger as the “greatest crime against humanity.”

For almost a billion people around the world, the causes of inadequate food supply are both many and complex. They range from social inequity and rising food prices (not least due to speculation), to war-like conflict, poor governance on land-use policies and ‘land grabbing’ activities, to natural disasters and accelerated soil degradation in the face of climate change. While short-term measures to alleviate the greatest suffering are vital, in the longer term, the food situation can only be stabilised globally if the underlying causes of hunger are tackled head on.

Against this backdrop, the Bonn UN Talks 2011 have two aims: to highlight the challenges involved in making the human right to food a reality and to discuss potential strategies and solutions. Particular focus will be placed on sustainable land use. In the words of agricultural economist Joachim von Braun, “Global food security goes hand in hand with sustainable land use.”

This year, the Bonn-based UN Volunteers celebrate their International Year of Volunteers +10. The European Union has fittingly declared 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. A panel discussion at the Bonn UN Talks will take up this theme to explore how volunteering can help improve food security.

The programm can be downloaded at:


To take part in the UN Talks, please registrate at the city of Bonn under the teephone number (02 28) 77 34 12 .

When: Friday, 21 October 2011, 6 pm

Where: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn