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Spring Meetings 2008: Development Committe Press Briefing

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2008 - Development Committee press briefing.  

"I am pleased that today at the Development Committee Ministers have endorsed the New Deal, and that they also called on donors to fill the $500 million feeding gap identified by the World Food Program.

I also welcome the decision that high commodity prices and their impact on growth and development will be a topic for the G8 Finance Ministers in Tokyo in June. This is important and can help build towards that New Deal.

But, frankly speaking, the G8 meeting is in June and we cannot wait for that.

We have to put our money where our mouth is now - so that we can put food into hungry mouths. It is as stark as that. "
-- Robert B. Zoellick

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - "Based on a rough analysis, we estimate that a doubling of food prices over the last 3 years could potentially push 100 million people in low income countries deeper into poverty. This is not just a question about short term needs, as important as those are. This is about ensuring that future generations don't pay a price too." -- Robert B. Zoellick

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - "We are granting an additional $10 million to Haiti for feeding programs, and I understand others are looking to help. We are also responding in a number of other countries with conditional cash transfer programs, food for work, planting for the new season, and we are looking at how we can step up that support as part of short-term and medium term actions." -- Robert B. Zoellick

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - Development Committee press briefing. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, International Monetary Fund Managing Director.

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - Development Committee press briefing. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, International Monetary Fund Managing Director makes opening remarks.

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - Development Committee press briefing. Agustín Carstens, Development Committee Chairman and Mexico's Minister of Finance makes opening remarks.

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - (l.) Dominique Strauss-Kahn, International Monetary Fund Managing Director listens to Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank Group President(r.)

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank Group President speaks to journalists.

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WASHINGTON, DC [HIGH-RES]
April 13, 2008 - Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank Group President answers questions.

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