President Barack Obama, Global Leaders to Launch G8 Food Security Agenda at May 18 Symposium

Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit

May 16, 2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 18, 2012, President Barack Obama, with G8 and African leaders, businesses, international organizations and civil society will convene 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

View the symposium agenda (PDF)

Friday, May 18th 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
The Atrium Hall
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (closest entrance on 14th street side)
Washington, DC 20004

PRESS: Press registration located at The Atrium Hall entrance, Level G – all media attending the morning session and the President’s speech should go directly to registration. The Press Filing Center will be in the Polaris Room 

**Media check-in for the President’s speech will start at 7:15 a.m. There will be no press access for the speech after 9:45 a.m.   President Obama will speak at 10:15 a.m.

Satellite Truck Parking is between 14th and Constitution on the Plaza. Access at 13th and Pennsylvania. 



  • 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 Evans 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: G8Press@usaid.gov. Applications for accreditation should be made no later than May 17, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

For more information about the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security and to view the agenda visit: www.thechicagocouncil.org/GlobalAgSymposium.

This event will be live streamed at www.livestream.com/thechicagocouncil.
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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.

Media contact: Samantha Skinner, 312.821.7507, sskinner@thechicagocouncil.org.

About The World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

For more information on the World Economic Forum, or to arrange interviews with Josette Sheeran, Vice Chairman, contact Oliver Cann: Oliver.Cann@weforum.org, mobile:+41 (0) 79 799 3405.




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