14 May 2003 Rome --
Camdessus, Honorary Governor of the Bank of France and former
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Tuesday called for long-term assistance from developed countries
and long-term policies from developing countries to tackle the
roots of hunger and poverty.
the Committee on World Food Security, meeting at UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Mr. Camdessus
stressed the importance of clean water and said that an increase
of $100 billion a year was needed to bring safe water to the 1.1
billion people who now do without.
Camdessus said that primary responsibility for bringing safe,
clean water to people in the developing world rests with the
developing countries themselves and that the most important
thing developing countries can do is to have a water policy. He
urged developing countries to report publicly on how they intend
to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by UN member
states in 2000 and urged them to establish transparent
He had this advice for
developed countries: official development assistance for water
needs to be doubled, and it needs to be carefully targeted to
the poor. Mr. Camdessus called FAO's Special
Programme for Food Security "an excellent
example" of carefully targeted development assistance.
"We may have lost a battle against
hunger," Mr. Camdessus said, "but we
have not lost the war. We have available many resources and
strategies we have not used sufficiently, so far."
He cited the "amazing potential of
research" and the untapped potential of more decisive
participation by women in all decision-making processes
regarding food and the Millennium Development Goals.
Mr. Camdessus repeated the call by French President
Jacques Chirac for developed countries to adopt a moratorium on
export subsidies on goods destined for Africa for the duration
of the Doha round of World Trade Organization agriculture
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