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University of California at Santa Cruz
presents the IFST with IFST Association Director John Teton to the UCSC Legal Studies program on November 15.

(Pandemic-based pause in the IFST presentation series.)

Oregon Ending Hunger Forum
 features a keynote address on the IFST by IFST Association Director John Teton and remarks by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) on November 22. Press Release  (PDF)

Global India International Film Festival bestows a Best Direction in Animation Award on Thunder Head Clearing, the animated short film produced by Earthlight Pictures about the IFST.

10th Kuala Lumpur Eco International Film Festival screens Thunder Head Clearing, the animated short film about the IFST, in Malaysia on October 27. The film is nominated for the Best Direction in Animation prize at this festival that features creative work promoting a sustainable healthier world. 

World Affairs Council of Oregon in Portland, Oregon features a presentation on the IFST, including a screening of Thunder Head Clearing on October 16.

Progressive Spirit and Beloved Community radio programs feature an interview with IFST Association director John Teton with program host John Shuck in February. The program is released for syndication and as a podcast. Listeners can find links to the podcast here.

Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County in California presents IFST Campaign Director John Teton with the keynote presentation titled THE INTERFAITH MOONSHOT: The Calling of the IFST Mission to End Hunger on October 22 Press Release IFISBC (PDF). The presentation included the first U.S. large-screen viewing of THUNDER HEAD CLEARING, the animated short film about the IFST. To view a video of the event compiled from camcorder recordings made by audience members, see

Harvard International Review publishes On the Origin of a Hunger-Free Species By Means of Enforceable Natural Law by John Teton in August. This key article about the International Food Security Treaty (IFST) may be found on the website of this prestigious journal, which has published essays by many prominent figures in world affairs, including Bill Clinton, Ban Ki-moon, Nelson Mandela, Amartya Sen, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Kofi Annan, and The Dalai Lama.

THUNDER HEAD CLEARING, the independently-financed animated short film promoting the IFST developed and produced over seven years by Earthlight Pictures in Oregon, is released on YouTube on January 20. Press Release (PDF)

United Nations Committee On World Food Security presents the IFST as a side event to its annual plenary session in Rome, Italy on October 14. The event is co-sponsored by the Right to Food Team at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters and the IFST Association. Speaking about the Treaty are IFST Campaign founding director John Teton, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right-To-Food Hilal Elver, and AIM – India founding director Sanjay K. Rai. The event includes screenings of statements from US Congressional Representatives Lois Capps and Earl Blumenauer and a preview of Thunder Head Clearing, the animated short film about the IFST released in January 2016 on YouTube. Press Release (PDF), CFS 2015 Photo

IFST Campaign – India, a new chapter of the IFSTC, based in Lucknow and New Delhi, India, is founded in October by Sanjay K. Rai (subsequently joined as Co-Coordinator by Suman Suman).

Yale Journal of International Affairs
, which has featured Tony Blair, David Brooks, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, James Woolsey, and two secretaries of US Homeland Security, publishes THE ARMLESS HAND: The Call for Anti-Hunger Law and The International Food Security Treaty.

Thunder Head Clearing, the animated short film about IFST, is written, financed, and produced under the auspices of Earthlight Pictures in Oregon, USA, incorporating the work of artists from the US, Europe, and Asia.

Harvard Magazine
, a general interest publication with a worldwide circulation of nearly one-quarter million, publishes an article on IFST Association founding director John Teton. Article in May-June, 2011 Issue

Yale Law School

The Orville Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School presented a talk on the IFST by John Teton on October 7th, 2010. Yale Website Announcement
The IFST Non-Profit Corporations, the International Food Security Treaty Association and the International Food Security Treaty Campaign, are established and recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, replacing the IFST Association previously based in California. Legal assistance with this process and with human rights law research was provided by law clinics at Oregon’s Willamette University School of Law
The Institute For The Future’s Ten-Year Forecast Conference in Sausalito, California
presents IFST Director John Teton as a guest expert on April 26, 2010.
Video of John Teton Addressing the Institute For the Future (7 min.)

The Interdependent
, the publication of the United Nations Association – USA publishes
its first article on the IFST, Putting an End to Hunger Using the Long Arm of the Law, in its Fall issue

New York University Master’s Program in Global Public Health
The International Food Security Treaty is discussed by a panel featuring IFST Association Director John Teton with experts on hunger and nutrition as part of the University's ongoing series Conversations in Global Public Health on January 23rd, 2009. The panel follows Teton’s address titled "The Treatment of Paradigm Paralysis: Eradicating Malnutrition with High-Dosage Human Rights Law."
New York University Press Release

United States Senate
briefing on the International Food Security Treaty for U.S. Senate staff is arranged by the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on April 17th.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s IFST presentation and reception are sponsored by the Center for a Livable Future, directed by Dr. Robert S. Lawrence. Johns Hopkins University’s IFST Event Notice on April 16th.
The University of Oregon hosts a presentation on the IFST by John Teton, including a reading from his novel Upsurge, the research for which gave rise to the creation of the IFST. Teton joins undergraduates for a classroom discussion on the Treaty and a video interview with Mr. Teton is conducted at the university’s Oregon Humanities Center is broadcast on campus.

University of Washington School of Law
presents IFST Campaign Director John Teton, as part of the William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Speaker Series. Additional seminar and classroom appearances involving the UW School of Medicine and undergraduate programs fill out the two-day event. University of Washington School of Law Speaker Series Announcement

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
holds two IFST events coordinated by medical students in 2005. On October 17, “Human Rights, Public Health, and the Food Security Treaty,” features Dr. Robert S. Lawrence, founder and director of the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and IFST Campaign Director John Teton. On April 19th Teton speaks about the Treaty as part of the Social Activism in Medicine Lecture Series, sponsored by the Student Health Professionals for Social Responsibility.

U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus
hears a briefing on the IFST by John Teton on March 3, titled CONGRESS AND THE FOOD SECURITY TREATY: Ending Hunger With the Aid of International Law.” The Testimony Transcript is posted on the Caucus’s website.

U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus
holds its first presentation on the IFST by John Teton on May 21.

The State of California recognizes the IFST Association as a California non-profit corporation.

Giant Leap
, a newsletter publication of the IFST Campaign, is first published. Archival copies of early editions of Giant Leap

The U.S. Congressional Hunger Center sponsors a presentation of the IFST for Congressional staff invited by the Center’s co-founder Representative Tony Hall on May 10.

University of California at Santa Barbara Center for Global Studies’
International Bill of Rights Project presents a program on the IFST with John Teton on May 16.

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law holds a classroom seminar on the IFST on February 15.

University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law sponsors an IFST presentation by John Teton on January 28.

Hunger 2000, the publication of the preeminent anti-hunger lobbying and education organization Bread for the World, publishes Law as Catalyst in the Eradication of Hunger, an article delineating the phases of evolution through which the IFST must pass to achieve the global eradication of hunger.

Harvard University Law School Human Rights Program hosts the first university lecture and discussion on the IFST in April, featuring Dr. Marc Cohen of Bread for the World Institute and IFST Director John Teton on April 13.

Consensus Strategy on the Right To Food Conference co-coordinated by Dr. Marc Cohen and John Teton takes place in Santa Barbara, California from February 27 to March 1 with participants from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

NGO Forum of the World Food Summit
welcomes a delegation of the IFST at this convention paralleling the World Food Summit taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Association in Rome, Italy, November 13-17.

U.S. FORUM for the WORLD FOOD SUMMIT at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on June 3 allows selected citizens to address members of the U.S. delegation to the upcoming United Nations World Food Summit in Rome. Among those testifying are IFST Director John Teton and World Summit of Children representative Sage Teton.

The Right To Food Working Group including Dr. Marc Cohen of Bread for the World Institute, University of Saskatoon Law Professor Donald Buckingham, IFST Director John Teton and other experts on the right to food from the USA and Canada is organized during the summer to discuss, draw up, and approve the draft text of the IFST itself based upon the IFST Principles established in 1993.

WHY (World Hunger Year) Magazine
in its Spring 1995 issue publishes End Hunger With the Force of Law, the first magazine article published about the IFST.

The IFST Campaign
is founded in Santa Barbara, California by John Teton after the International Food Security Principles are drawn up on June 8, 1993. Campaign enters Phase 1 to establish the Treat’s credibility with support from experts in human rights, hunger, and international law and political and religious leaders.

Research on the extent of existing protections to the human right of freedom from hunger in international law begins in Santa Barbara, California.

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