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G7 Leaders Fail to Deliver Their Hunger Commitment

The G7— a group of some of the most powerful governments in the world — have concluded their meeting in Taormina, Sicily, and walk away without pledging life saving funds to fight hunger and famine.

In 2015, the G7 committed to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. As yet, they have not pledged any funds toward meeting this target. This comes at a time when 30 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are facing hunger or famine.

In the outcome document of the Summit, the G7 leaders reaffirm their collective commitment to lift 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030 but they did not release any details of how they will do this and they did not pledge any funds towards achieving this target.

For four of the seven leaders — British Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump, France's President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni — this was their first G7 Summit. This is said to be part of the reason why the Group has not made substantial commitments this year. It is also widely reported that there are varying opinions within the group on a number issues which slowed down discussions.

Canada will host the G7 Summit in 2018 and hopes are high for a more successful outcome there. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s globalist and self-declared feminist views, it is hoped he will lead the G7 to deliver on issues related to women and girls’ inclusion.

Those advocating toward the G7 to deliver on their hunger promise now look forward to the G20 meeting in Hamburg in July and the proposed Nutrition for Growth event in Milan in November as other opportunities for the G7 to show the world they are accountable for their commitments.

For now, many people are leaving Sicily disappointed at the outcome of months of negotiations and hard work.