Speech by ICRC President Peter Maurer, High-level event on famine prevention and response, United Nations General Assembly, 72nd session.

First published: 21 September 2017

This year we saw famine loom over our world as millions faced starvation. The ICRC, like others, accelerated its food assistance program and in South Sudan last month I saw the difference this aid is having on the ground.

But millions are still facing severe food shortages. And this is not one-off. We saw major famines in 2011, and in the previous decade and the one before that too.

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