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Press Release 97/33

HARRISON FORD JOINS OTHERS IN BACKING FAO APPEAL AGAINST HUNGER


ROME, September 16 - American film star Harrison Ford and other leading figures of the movie world gathered in Venice for the 54th annual International Film Festival have put their names to the Appeal Against Hunger launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“We appeal to our friends and colleagues in the world of cinema, television, theatre and music to support the efforts of FAO to remove the scourge of hunger from the face of the earth,” the Appeal says. “We firmly endorse FAO’s initiative to mobilize allBg@PBÃ of our planAÍ0y village, the non-governmental organizations, the business community, the entertainment industry and society at large.”

In Venice, as well as Harrison Ford, new signatories to the Appeal included directors Wolfgang Petersen, Vera Belmont and Giuseppe Tornatore and actors Patrick Timsit, Lambert Wilson, Remo Girone and Simona Cavallari.

The Venice endorsement comes only a few weeks before FAO takes to the airwaves on October 19 with TeleFood, the world’s first global fund-raising telecast in support of Food for All. Timed to coincide with World Food Day, TeleFood aims to increase public awareness of the urgent problems of hunger and malnutrition that afflict more than 800 million people in the developing world and also to raise funds for practical projects to help the poorest farmers in the poorest countries escape from the trap of poverty and hunger.

FAO’s Appeal Against World Hunger initiative followed the World Food Summit at the organization’s Rome headquarters last November, when 186 countries declared the present level of hunger and malnutrition in the world intolerable and unacceptable and pledged their political will and determination at least to halve the number of the hungry by 2015.

The Appeal was launched at the Cannes Film festival in May and has now attracted the support of more than 100 prominent figures in cinema, theatre, literature, music and other fields from around the world. They include film directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Tim Burton, Franco Zeffirelli, Mike Leigh, Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders, and actresses Francoise Arnoult, Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Gina Lollobrigida and Gong Li. Other prominent personalities are singer Tina Turner, writers John Le Carre and David Lodge, opera star Placido Domingo, dancer Patrick Dupont, composer Pierre Boulez and conductor Riccardo Muti.

The Appeal has also attracted the support of Costa Rican Nobel Peace Prizewinner Oscar Arias Sanchez and scientist Arthur C. Clarke.

Text of the "Appeal against World Hunger”

“We, the actors, directors and other members of the entertainment industry, find it unacceptable that over 800 million people in the world, including 200 million children under the age of five, should continue to suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition.

These people lead a life of misery and are denied the most basic of human rights, the right to food. This is all the more outrageous in a world of surplus and waste. At the World Food Summit, convened in Rome last November, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 112 Heads of State and Government and other representatives of 186 countries declared their political will and determination to halve, as a minimum, the number of people without adequate access to food by the year 2015.

However, the tragedy of widespread hunger cannot be resolved through government action alone. Such a challenge calls the broad mobilization of both the public and the private sectors, involving all of civil society and drawing upon collective and individual resources. We therefore firmly endorse FAO's initiative to mobilize all the inhabitants of our planetary village, the non-governmental organizations, the business community, the entertainment industry and society at large. We call upon all persons with a keen sense of justice to play a part in this noble enterprise, so that the chronically hungry and malnourished in the least privileged parts of the world may finally break out of the vicious circle.

We appeal to our friends and colleagues in the world of cinema, television, theatre and music to support the efforts of FAO to remove the scourge of hunger from the face of the earth, in particular its actions to inform the public and those designed to provide the poor with alternative survival strategies to food aid.

We solemnly undertake to do all we can to end hunger, so that the dream of "Food for All" may finally come true.”


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