MONTREAL (Jul. 25)
The Canadian government has donated $60,000 to the Canadian Associates of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev toward its sponsorship of the first “Right to Food” conference to be held in Montreal May 25-27, 1984.
The check was presented by Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan who declared in the House of Commons, “The Canadian Associates of the Ben Gurion University are to be congratulated for taking this initiative.” He noted that the conference “is intended to inform the public that hunger can be beaten within the next generation if countries use the means at their disposal.”
Whelan, who visited Ben Gurion University in 1979, observed that “the importance of extending food production in the developing countries cannot be stressed too much.”
The aims of the “Right to Food” conference are to raise public awareness of the plight of the world’s hungry and to identify what has been done and what remains to be done by both governments and non-governmental organizations. Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau is honorary co-chairman of the conference.
The story about the bi-partisan young political leaders tour of Israel that appeared in Friday’s JTA Daily News Bulletin inadvertently omitted the fact that the tour was funded by the Student Division of the World Zionist Organization.