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

On May 18, 2012, President Barack Obama, with G8 and African leaders, businesses, international organizations and civil society will convene in Washington, D.C. 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.

WHAT: Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security
Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit
WHEN: Friday, May 18th
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Press Check-in at 7:15 a.m.
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
*Symposium will be held in the Atrium Hall and the Press Filing Center will be in the Polaris Room.
WHO: President Barack Obama
His Excellency Dr. Boni Yayi, 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:

For more information about the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security and to view the agenda


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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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