“Fighting Famine: Hindering Hunger, Malnutrition, and Mortality”, a Conversation with Alex de Waal

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    2018•04•18    18:30 - 19:30

    On 18 April 2018, UNU will host “Fighting Famine: Hindering Hunger, Malnutrition, and Mortality”, a conversation with Prof. Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    In the last 150 years, roughly 100 million people died from famine. However, as we reached the end of the 20th century, it appeared humanity was close to conquering famine, as annual deaths dropped to less than eight per cent of historic levels. The end of colonialism, decades without a world war, and global economic policies all contributed to this marked improvement. Today, however, with violent conflicts engulfing countries like Syria and Yemen, famine is once again on the rise as more than 20 million people in four countries alone are now at risk. How can today’s risks of famine be mitigated? How could our response to climate change impact the risks of famine in fragile settings? Is it possible to envisage a world without famine?

    Prof. de Waal will join Mr Adam Day, Senior Policy Adviser at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation examining the links between famine and today’s major global trends, including violent conflict, political turbulence, and the effects of climate change.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 17 April) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Prof. Alex de Waal is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. An expert on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarship and practice has extended to humanitarian crises and their response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance, and conflict and peacebuilding. Prof. de Waal has previously been engaged with Justice Africa and Mines Advisory Group, and, notably, served as Senior Advisor for the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. He is the author of several acclaimed articles and books, including Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine (2018), Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan (2005), and Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (1997).

    Prof. de Waal has a doctorate degree in Social Anthropology and a bachelor’s in Psychology with Philosophy from Oxford University, and has been a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.


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