Global Leaders to Launch G8 Food Security Agenda at May 18 Symposium

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, World Economic Forum, USAID

Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Public Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On May 18, 2012, President Barack Obama, with G8 and African leaders, businesses, international organizations and civil society will convene to discuss new activities to advance global agricultural development, food and nutrition security in Africa.

The event, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, will feature announcements of significant new business commitments for African agriculture and discussions on addressing hunger and poverty in the changing development landscape.


Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security 
Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit


Friday, May 18th 
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Press Check-in at 7:15 a.m.


Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
*Symposium will be held in the Atrium Hall and the Press Filing Center will be in the Polaris Room.


President Barack Obama
His Excellency Dr. Yayi Boni, President of the Republic of Benin & Chairperson of the African Union

His Excellency Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia

His Excellency John Atta Mills, President of Ghana
His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary, United States Department of State
The Honorable Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Bono, Co-Founder of ONE and (RED)
The Honorable Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Ms. Josette Sheeran, Vice Chairman, World Economic Forum

Accreditation and Press Filing Center

This event is open to credentialed members of the media and a press filing center will be available on the 18th. Media representatives who wish to cover the 2012 Symposium and/or enter the press center must apply to receive a media credential. Accreditation can only be made via email at: Applications for accreditation should be made no later than May 16, 2012.

For more information about the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security and to view the agenda visit: This event will be live streamed

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About The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is a prominent, independent and nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. Long known for its studies of American public opinion on foreign policy matters, the Council also contributes to discussions of critical global issues through studies, task force reports, and leadership dialogue. The Chicago Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative provides support, technical assistance and innovation towards the formulation and implementation of U.S. global agricultural development policies and offers external evaluation and accountability for U.S. progress on its policy commitment. Follow @globalagdev.

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About The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

For more information on the World Economic Forum, or to arrange interviews with Josette Sheeran, Vice Chairman, contact Oliver Cann:, mobile:+41 (0) 79 799 3405.

Last updated: June 14, 2017

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