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12.05.2008 General News

UN Chief To Chair First Food Task Force Meeting

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to chair the first meeting of the UN Task Force on the Global Food Crisis today, the UN announced last Friday.


It would bring together representatives from across the UN system to discuss a global response to rising food prices, UN Spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters at the UN Headquarters.


In the meantime, Ban has sent out urgent letters of invitation to all Heads of State of UN member states to join him in next month's meeting in Rome to discuss short-term and long-term strategies to address the global food crisis, she added.


The UN Chief said early this week that he would get the task force on the global food crisis 'moving at full speed,' since an urgent response is required for the worldwide emergency'.


Last week Ban announced the new international task force which would prepare a plan of action to tackle the global rise in food prices.


The group brings together the heads of key UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as experts from the around the globe.


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