UN chief to fast to spotlight 1 billion hungry

AP News
Posted: Nov 13, 2009 2:38 PM

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is planning to join a 24-hour fast to spotlight the plight of the more than one billion people around the world who go to bed hungry every night.

U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said Ban will fast Sunday en route to Rome where he will speak at Monday's opening of a three-day summit focusing on ways to ensure that all people have enough to eat _ especially during the current global economic crisis.

Jacques Diouf, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization which is hosting the summit, has called on people around the world to join him in a day of fasting on the eve of the meeting to highlight the plight of the undernourished.

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