Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Global launch of World Disasters Report in New Delhi - 22 September 2011


Had an unplanned breakfast with Jagan Chapagain, Director of Asia and Pacific Zone for IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) in New Delhi this morning and after an hour, we met by chance also taking breakfast, Veronica Pedrosa, the former CNN and Al Jazeera front woman who is here in Delhi for the World Disasters report global launch tomorrow which focuses on hunger and malnutrition. Veronica and I have met in many disaster and war zones, the most recent West Sumatra earthquake so it was a pleasure to catch up again. Jagan and I spoke to her about the importance of the theme of hunger and malnutrition and highlighted how disasters and conflicts get all the coverage, but insidious situations such as the 925 million people who do not have enough to eat, while 1.5 billion people world wide, including myself, are classified as obese.. These are huge challenges facing us.
Veronica Pedrosa and Jagan Chapagain, in New Delhi for the global launch of the World Disasters report. Photo: Bob McKerrow

Earlier this morning, I was up at 6 a.m and walked down to Khan Market and watched the flower seller making up bouquets, then to Parsi and Christian cemeteries, walked down Shah Jahan Road past the Complaints Appellant Tribunal, Indian Naval establishment looking like a 5 star hotel, past the Union State Services Commission premises topped with Mogul turrets. Then down Man Singh Road to look at all those magnificent Lutyen’s era buildings reminding me of a bygone era. I love Delhi with oozing with millenniums of history, culture and architecture. And, I am really excited that with the launch of the WDR tomorrow, we can draw attention to the 15% of the world's population that go to bed hungry every night.

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