A delegation from Lesotho participated in a global conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice held at the Dublin Castle on the 15th and 16th April 2013. The conference was hosted by the Government of Ireland under its presidency of the European Union and co-sponsored by the Irish Aid, The World Food Programme (WFP), the Mary Robinson Foundation, and others.
The theme of the conference was “Putting People at the Heart of Global Development” and sought to initiate dialogue between policy-makers and grassroots operators in addressing the challenges brought about by the relationship between Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice. It is expected that the outcome of this conference will feed into the post-2015 development framework beyond the Millennium Development Goals.
The Conference was officially opened by His Excellency President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland, and was also addressed by other dignitaries including:
- The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D.
- State Minister of Development and Trade Mr. Joe Costello TD of Ireland
- Former President of Ireland Mrs. Mary Robinson
- Former Deputy President of the United States of America Honourable Al Gore
HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso at the HNCJ in Dublin: 16 April 2013
Among the delegates from Lesotho was His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso who is also a Member of the Senate and a co-founder of Sentebale.
There were also representatives from the Catholic Relief Services in Lesotho who showcased their Keyhole Gardens initiative as an example of good practice in tackling issues of poverty, hunger, nutrition and social cohesion in context of a high HIV and AIDS prevalence. There was also a representative of the Lesotho National Agriculture and Farmers Union (LENAFU) and Action Lesotho. The Lesotho Embassy was represented by the H.E. Mr. Paramente Phamotse.