As H. E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon recently began his second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, has issued a message of congratulations and support.
The European Commission has recently adopted a new four-year strategy (2012-2015) that aims to further improve the welfare of animals in the European Union. EU Animal Welfare legislation, developed in response to contingencies and political demand over the past 3 decades, is often detailed and sector specific but sporadic in its coverage.
As we reported few days ago, Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's crisis response commissioner is visiting Chad and Niger this week. During her visit she has announced that the European Commission is doubling its humanitarian aid to the African Sahel region to 95 million EUR in response to the food crisis.
European Parliament calls for urgent measures to halve food waste by 2025 and to improve access to food for needy EU citizens. Up to 50% of edible and healthy food gets wasted while 79 million EU citizens live beneath the poverty line and 16 million depend on food aid from charitable institutions.
According to a new report published by Friends of the Earth Europe, European banks, pension funds and insurance companies are increasing global hunger and poverty by speculating on food prices and financing land grabs in poorer countries.