- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 15, 2006

Lauren Bush — model, Ivy Leaguer and niece of President Bush — campaigned yesterday afternoon to help end world hunger at a Georgetown University conference on international development.

In the school’s Red Square, she told a gathering of about 70 students from area colleges that rich nations need to help developing countries.

“We are here proudly as a generation that cannot stay seated in the face of poverty,” she said.

The “Stand Up Against Poverty” event was part of a two-day campaign to set an official Guinness world record for the largest turnout for one cause, event organizers said.

Students said they wanted to draw attention to the lack of progress of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger, educate children, empower women, reduce mortality rates in women and children, deal with AIDS, and tackle debt in developing countries.

Miss Bush, 22, a senior at Princeton University, provided star power as a U.N. World Food Program student ambassador.

She said making it into Guinness World Records is one goal, but “the record we really want to break is the record of breaking promises” to developing countries.

Miss Bush carried a burlap shoulder bag that read “Feed the children of the world.” She said the cost of each bag, which will be sold on Amazon.com at a price to be determined, is enough to feed one child for a year.

Douglas Coutts, a U.N. special adviser, said the first step to meeting the goals is to make sure people have enough food.

“It meets a very basic need,” he said at a symposium held before the event. “Unless humans have the very basic elements they need for survival… nothing else matters to them.”

Manuel Leon, a junior at Georgetown who helped organize the event, said his faith leads him to a concern for the poor and hungry.

“There is a strong correlation between social justice and justice,” he said.

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