Raleigh, North Carolina (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
The Olympic Games always pull the attention of the world to the city that hosts them. It is only natural, then, that world leaders would want to shed light on pressing issues when they have the globe focused on their country. The Huffington Post reports that British Prime Minister David Cameron and Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer co-hosted an international hunger summit after the close of the 2012 London Olympic Games. An admirable move by leaders who are looking for solutions to world hunger, this summit brought both world leaders and representatives from various private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) together to discuss ways to alleviate the hunger of starving populations. Lonnie McNair applauds the efforts of these leaders, who took advantage of the global stage provided by the Olympic Games in order to spotlight an international issue that needs to be addressed.
According to the article, the goal of the event was to “focus political attention, mobilise support and agree [to] concrete action to tackle childhood malnutrition and stunting between now and the next Olympic Games in 2016—and, we hope, provided a springboard for wider action to tackle the root-causes of hunger.”
The decision to host the event stemmed from the Prime Minister’s promise to continue to develop solutions regarding food security after attending the G8 summit in May. In fact, many NGOs in the United Kingdom, and around the world, have been working to find a solution to food security challenges for several years. Some of these NGOs include Concern Worldwide, Save the Children, Oxfam, and Action Against Hunger.
“It is great to witness action by international leaders on world hunger,” comments Lonnie McNair. “World hunger has been an issue in our society since modern civilization and continues to get worse, which is very unfortunate during an era of such great technology. The co-hosting of the hunger summit immediately following the close of the 2012 London Olympic Games was a great initiative by the leadership of the United Kingdom and Brazil. This summit has forced the ongoing problem into the spotlight, calling the attention of every world leader to the issue. As world leaders move forward in their efforts to address hunger, I am encouraged that this is a problem that can be significantly reduced and that the fate of children will not be prematurely determined by their lack of food.”
McNair believes that the efforts of these leaders should be celebrated and encouraged, as they are providing an international platform from which individuals and organizations can address this important issue.
Lonnie McNair dedicated over 20 years of service to the United States Army. Highly regarded as a leader, manager, and operations professional, Lonnie McNair has earned many awards for his work. Additionally, Lonnie McNair supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.