Friday, June 1st 2012

  Day's events chaired by: Corinna Milborn
8.30 Registration
10.00 – 10.30 Welcome

Karlheinz Töchterle, Federal minister
Erny Gillen, President of Caritas Europa


Thomas Stelzer, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General
Wolfgang Waldner, Austrian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
His Eminence Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
Heinz Fischer, Austrian President
10.30 – 11.00 Key Note Speech

Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, President Caritas Internationalis: "Ethical reflections: why should the fight against global hunger be one of the top priorities?"
11.00 – 11.30 Key-note speech

Tesfai Tecle, special advisor to Kofi Annan and former assistent Director-General of FAO, delivers the speech of Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations: "Unjust global systems, their impact on worldwide hunger and undernutrition and necessary changes to be undertaken by relevant actors"
11.30 – 12.00 Key-note speech

Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response: "The role and responsibility of the European Union in the fight against hunger with special consideration of the hunger crisis on the Horn of Africa and Westsahel"
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 15.00 Podium debates

Podium debate 1: Hunger – The chronic disaster

In many parts of the world, hunger is the dominant topic. The causes of hunger are numerous: natural disasters, corrupt governments, climatic changes, outdated cultivation methods or limited access to land and soil.

How can we take initial steps towards finding a solution? What contributions can and indeed must politicians, aid organizations, economic players and each individual person make?

Paul Larsen, Director Multilateral and NGO Relations Division, UN World Food Programme
Otilia Sîrbu, Director of Caritas Moldova
Amitava Mukherjee, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Chaired by:
Karin Strobl, Regionalmedien Austria

Podium debate 2: Millennium development goals and the vision of a world without hunger

In 2000, the international community of nations adopted the eight millennium development goals (MDGs). The first goal is to halve global hunger by 2015. Great progress has indeed been achieved, but this is far from being the case across all regions of the world.

What are the greatest challenges in the fight against hunger? Where do we go after 2015?

Marina Ponti, Europe Director of the UN Millennium Campaign
Michael Hauser, Head of the Institute for Development Research, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Abbé Ambroise Tine, Secretary General of Caritas Senegal

Chaired by:
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-Chief Der Standard

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 17.00 Podium debates

Podium debate 3: Agricultural trade – the effects of globalization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the EU are pushing forward trade liberalization and accelerating a policy of market opening. Opponents of liberalization advocate fair trading conditions and the strengthening of local markets, with the aim of thereby significantly easing the problem of hunger.

What is the key to success? Trade liberalization or the strengthening of local markets?

Franz Fischler, former EU Commissioner for Agriculture
Michael Nkonu, Managing Director of Fairtrade Africa
Borbála Sarbu-Simonyi, Coordinator of the Association for Food Sovereignty
Andreas Knaut, CSR director, Danone Central Europe

Chaired by:
Oliver Grimm, EU-Correspondent, Die Presse

Podium debate 4: Greater rights for women, less hunger?

Women are particularly affected by hunger. Traditional gender roles, discriminatory ownership rights and a low level of education are some of the reasons for this. Special development programmes targeting the advancement of women appear to be extremely effective.

How do targeted programmes for the advancement of women work? How far should and can development aid involving the targeted promotion of the status of women encroach on traditional societies?

Marcela Villarreal, Director of the FAO‘s gender, equity and rural employment division
Shimray Mugreiphy, gender officer for Caritas India
Jane Magigita, founder and managing director of Equality for Growth, Tanzania

Chaired by:
Sylvia Steinitz, Editor-in-Chief Die Wienerin
18.00 Cathedral "Stephansdom"

Holy Mass with Óscar Cardinal Rodríguez and Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
19.15 Church "Kirche am Hof"

Caritas Program
19.30 Museumsquartier - Concert against hunger with Austrian musicians

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

8.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome: Martina Liebsch, Caritas Internationalis
9.10 – 9.30 Impulse Statement: Thomas Stelzer, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs: "Food security and sustainable development: Challenges for Rio+20"
9.30 – 10.00 Key Note Speech: Mohan Munasinghe, former Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize: "Sustainable consumption and production are essential to alleviate global hunger"
10.00 – 11.30 Podium debates

Podium debate 5: Armed conflict and its effects

Since 1992, the number of armed conflicts has more than doubled, and these conflicts are destroying the existential foundation of people who are already barely able to eke out a living. Moreover, food is frequently used as a strategic weapon, and the resulting refugee flows further exacerbate the situation of the people affected.

What is the role of the international community of nations? How can humanitarian aid be provided in such a difficult environment?

Ellen Messer, Professor at Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy
John Ashworth, advisor to the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference
Sai Sam Kham, Managing Director Metta Development Foundation, Burma

Chaired by:
Thomas Seifert, Die Presse

Podium debate 6: Development aid – Cure-all, or trading in pity?

Development aid is a key foundation stone for the reduction of hunger and creation of sustainable food security. Opponents however perceive it as increasing dependency and establishing a basis for corruption.

What is the contribution of development aid in the fight against hunger? How might possible alternatives look?

Bruno Miteyo Nyenge, Director of Caritas Democratic Republic of Congo
Peter Niggli, Managing Director of Alliance Sud
James Shikwati, Director Inter Region Economic Network

Chaired by:
Ruth Picker, CEO AG Globale Verantwortung
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 13.30 Podium debates

Podium debate 7: Doing business with hunger: speculation, land grabbing and agro fuels

The massive hikes in the price of basic foodstuffs are in part the result of speculation. In addition, foreign investors – governments, funds and agri-corporations – buy up huge areas of land in Africa, Asia and eastern Europe, leading to the displacement of local populations and the destruction of the very foundations of their existence.

Do foreign investors contribute to price inflation, or do they offer opportunities for economic growth and improving living standards? And what role do politicians play?

Ruth Kelly, Economic and Policy Advisor Oxfam
Angela Mwape Mulenga, FIAN Sambia
Ludwig Scharinger, Consultant Raiffeisenlandesbank Upper Austria
Thomas Stelzer, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs

Chaired by:
Johannes Kaup, Ö1

Podium discussion 8: Climate change and its impact on food security

Drought and floods – both are effects of climate change. For millions of people, mainly in the poorest regions of the world, drinking water is a scarce commodity. Despite this fact, so far the international community of nations has not managed to achieve a binding climate-protection treaty.

What are the challenges for the international community of nations? Is adjustment to climatic changes possible?

Helga Weisz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Benedict Alo D’Rozario, Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh
Jakob Lenz, Department of Ambient Air Pollution Control and Climate Protection, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environement and Water

Chaired by:
Monika Kalcsics
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch break
14.30 – 15.45 Close

Discussion:A sustainable lifestyle – an opportunity to beat hunger?

Food waste has reached unimagined dimensions – a third of the food produced for consumption worldwide is lost. Companies have particular social responsibility, while customers have immense power to demand sustainable produce.

Is there a connection between a sustainable lifestyle and global hunger? How should the role and responsibility of international corporations be perceived? What contribution can we make as individuals?

Franz Küberl, President of Caritas Austria
Isabel Jonet, Director Food Bank Against Hunger
Wolfgang Lutz, leader of IIASA World Population Program
Werner Wutscher, Vice-president Ökosoziales Forum

Chaired by:
Helmut Brandstätter, Editor-in-Chief Kurier
15.45 – 16.30 Concluding event at Graben

Erny Gillen, President of Caritas Europe
Franz Küberl, President of Caritas Austria
Michael Landau, Director of Caritas Vienna