ONE WORLD – No Hunger

G20 conference highlights importance of jobs and better prospects for young people

Participants of the conference "ONE World No Hunger" hand over the "Berlin Charter" to Minister Müller.

Press release of 27.04.2017 |

Notwithstanding the many hunger crises, a world without hunger is possible. That is the message of the high-level G20 conference that will be held by the German Development Ministry (BMZ) in Berlin on 27 and 28 April. The organisers expect some 600 national and international participants.

The focus is on jobs and better prospects for people in rural areas around the world. The conference is taking place against the backdrop of the ongoing crisis, which has brought hundreds of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa and other regions to the brink of starvation.

Development Minister Gerd Müller commented: "Only strong rural areas will be able to prevent hunger crises in the future and offer truly good prospects to young people. I am glad that 150 young people from Africa, from various G20 countries and from Germany will be raising their voices at the conference. The future of humankind will be decided in the world's rural areas!"

Development Minister Müller at the opening of the G20 conference "ONE WORLD – No Hunger. Future of the rural world" in Berlin

On 27 April, participants handed over the "Berlin Charter" to Minister Müller. In the Charter, they call on political decision-makers to take practical action for rural development and for more jobs for young people.

Conference participants include African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, African philanthropists Mo Ibrahim and Tony Elumelu, the Head of the Federal Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, and German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt.

Germany is using its current Presidency of the G20 to work towards the adoption of concrete agreements on fostering youth employment in rural areas. Thus, the world's 20 largest economies, which account for about 85 per cent of global gross domestic product, are devoting attention to one of the great challenges humankind is facing. As part of the conference, G20 representatives will meet to reach a consensus on measures that will create more jobs and better prospects for young people in rural areas. That will be an important basis for G20 heads of state and government to adopt ambitious decisions at their summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July.

On 28 April, Minister Müller will present the latest volume of the BMZ series of publications. It will be entitled 'Voices Against Hunger'. The publication will present the views of the Minister and of six prominent figures from Germany and Africa, from civil society and academia. Almost all authors will be present at the conference.

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