Strong turnouts demonstrated cross-party recognition of the spiralling global malnutrition and hunger crisis, and our call to leaders to act to save lives and unlock progress on development goals.
In Bournemouth at the Liberal Democrat conference, UAMH CEO Jonny Oates spoke on panels highlighting the foundational nature of nutrition to development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We sponsored a well-received evening reception with the Liberal Democrats in International Development group.
In Manchester, we co-hosted an evening reception with the Conservative Friends of International Development. The Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP, Minister for International Development and Africa, spoke alongside our Co-Chair Baroness Sugg and ONE activist Uzoamaka Okwonkwo.
Uzoamaka shared her recollections of meeting malnourished children while volunteering in Nigeria and witnessing the transformation simple interventions like vitamin supplements and nutrient-rich meals make.
Amy Smith, UAMH’s Head of Advocacy chaired a panel discussion hosted by explosive and mine-clearing organisation, the HALO Trust. Panellists included Alicia Kearns MP (Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee), Dominic McVey (philanthropist and businessperson), H E Linda Scott (Namibian High Commissioner to the UK), and Chris Loughran (Senior Policy Advisor at HALO Trust). They discussed a range of issues including how to increase food security and the role the UK can play.
Finally, in Liverpool, we hosted a packed-out breakfast reception at the Labour party conference with Liam Byrne MP, the Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank.
The lively discussion, chaired by Kate Dearden, Community Union, and UAMH Board Member, included a contribution by Mike Khunga, SUN Executive Committee, and UAMH Global Leadership Council member. Mike ended his speech urging the Labour Party to make “UK global support for hunger and malnutrition the highest priority."
We could not agree more.
The UAMH alliance is delighted at the level of support at each conference, and grateful to all MPs, candidates, and partners for joining our call.
Pictured from bottom left, clockwise: Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat); Florence Eshalomi (Labour); Preet Gill (Labour); Richard Foord (Liberal Democrat); Chris Clarkson (Conservative); Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat); Wendy Morton (Conservative); Steven Timms (Labour); Fleur Anderson (Labour)