David Beckham met the Prime Minister David Cameron today to urge him to take immediate action to tackle this hidden crisis that affects 180 million of the world's youngest children.
Beckham, a longstanding Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, visited Cameron personally to deliver a deliver a letter that's been co-signed by over 50 sporting and entertainment stars including Ewan McGregor, Lewis Hamilton, Robbie Williams, Claudia Schiffer, Whoopi Goldberg, Orlando Bloom, Boris Becker and Alex Ferguson.
The letter urges Cameron to use his position to help reduce the number of children affected by ‘stunting’, the irreversible damage caused to a child’s brain and body if they don’t get the right nutrients in their first 1,000 days of life.
"During the coming weeks all eyes will be on London for the greatest show on earth", said Beckham. "As a UNICEF Ambassador, I'm asking the Prime Minister to use the global spotlight on our nation to make children around the world the real winners of these Games."
On 12 August, the Government will hold a global hunger event in London. UNICEF is one of several aid agencies, including Save the Children and ONE, joining together to call for the Prime Minister to make 12 August the beginning of the biggest ever push to end world hunger.
We believe David Cameron has a golden opportunity to use the legacy of the Olympic Games to take leadership on the issue.