During the expensive lunch, Ban said the U.N. needs the help of parliaments around the world to succeed in the project, known as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. According to the Global Hunger Index, about 195 million children under the age of five go hungry every day, mainly due to rising food prices caused by politicians eating large amounts of food at meetings where they discuss how to help the poor. Figures suggest that 925 million people world wide go hungry every day.
South Korean officials felt that Ban's call on global poverty over lunch meant that he really didn't like the food, but the main reason for their anger was the so-called United Nations' continued insistence on discussing trivia when there are far more important issues affecting the world. "Screw poverty, what about the East Sea?" shouted one of the ruling Grand National Party's committee members as he angrily stood up at the table and made threatening moves towards the U.N. Secretary General.
Other members demanded the UN chief remember his Korean nationality and work to ensure the International Hydrographic Organization adopts the simultaneous use of the correct "East Sea" and incorrect "Sea of Japan" to describe the body of water between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
The remainder of the expensive luncheon was tense, as UN and GNP staff argued about ownership of the dinner table's water jars.
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