Kuwait sup­ports FAO ef­forts to elim­i­nate hunger, poverty: Jabri

Ac­ti­vat­ing global com­mit­ment to erad­i­cat­ing hunger

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Min­is­ter of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs and Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Mo­ham­mad AlJabri stressed yes­ter­day Kuwait’s firm sup­port to the United Na­tions’ Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) and its ef­forts to elim­i­nate hunger and poverty in the world.

Jabri said, dur­ing the 40th Ses­sion FAO Con­fer­ence in Rome, that Kuwait re­newed its con­fi­dence in the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion and its goals in fight­ing poverty and hunger. Kuwait also sup­ported the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s poli­cies to­wards achiev­ing the goals of the 2030 Global Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment. Jabri also ex­pressed hope to de­velop Kuwait’s co­op­er­a­tion with FAO, through sign­ing an im­mi­nent part­ner­ship agree­ment for agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, which will con­trib­ute to en­hanc­ing Kuwait’s food and nutri­tion se­cu­rity and de­velop the tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties of hu­man and nat­u­ral re­sources.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Kuwait an­nounced at this con­fer­ence Kuwait’s “pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval” of two projects of the part­ner­ship pro­gram be­tween Kuwait and the or­ga­ni­za­tion, mainly DNA project for agri­cul­ture and the project of agri­cul­tural waste re­cy­cling. “Cli­mate change, agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity” con­fer­ence theme get­ting great in­ter­est from Kuwait, which is se­ri­ously af­fected by cli­mate change, es­pe­cially fish­eries, due to the high tem­per­a­ture of our re­gional wa­ters and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion, he said.

De­spite the progress made in the food and agri­cul­tural sec­tors, the sec­tor still need mod­ern tech­ni­cal sup­port from FAO and mem­ber coun­tries with ex­per­tise, es­pe­cially in the de­vel­op­ment of Kuwait wa­ter and fish­eries re­sources and wa­ter treat­ment for agri­cul­tural and hu­man pur­poses,” he said.

The Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion, headed by Min­is­ter Jabri, will par­tic­i­pate in the Min­is­te­rial Con­fer­ence on scarcity of wa­ter in the near East and North Africa re­gion, in the pres­ence of Am­bas­sador Sheikh Ali AlKhalid Al-Sabah, the Gen­eral Di­rec­tor of the Gen­eral Au­thor­ity for Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Af­fairs Faisal Al-Ha­sawi, and Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to FAO Yousef Juhail.

Global com­mit­ment

The 40th Ses­sion of the FAO Con­fer­ence on Mon­day called for the ac­ti­va­tion of global com­mit­ments to erad­i­cat­ing hunger, one of the 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs). In an in­au­gu­ral speech, Italy’s Prime Min­is­ter Paolo Gen­tiloni said that reach­ing “zero hunger” de­ter­mined by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as a new am­bi­tious goal for the 2030 agenda of the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment is con­sid­ered a main con­di­tion for equal­ity and jus­tice.

He called for “re­newed and ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts” par­tic­u­larly point­ing to the in­flux of mi­grants into the Euro­pean Union (EU) coun­try’s shores. Gen­tiloni af­firmed that peace is also a goal and a con­di­tion to achieve the 17 SDGs to erad­i­cate hunger in the world as there is a close re­la­tion­ship be­tween con­flicts and the grow­ing mal­nu­tri­tion across the globe. He stated that con­flict has caused 10 food crises out of 13 in dif­fer­ent re­gions. He em­pha­sized Italy’s sup­port for FAO’s ef­forts along­side the World Food Pro­gram (WFP) and the Rome-based In­ter­na­tional Fund for Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment (IFAD), ap­peal­ing to the rest of Europe to share Italy’s bur­dens be­cause of mass im­mi­gra­tion. In a let­ter by Pope Fran­cis read by Vat­i­can Sec­re­tary of State Car­di­nal Pi­etro Parolin, the Pope said he was fol­low­ing in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­ity and wanted to co­op­er­ate to direct it to­wards a real erad­i­ca­tion of hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion, not just sim­ple de­vel­op­ment or the­o­ret­i­cal goals. The Pope stressed the im­por­tance of recog­ni­tion that all peo­ple have the right to get enough food.

Pope Fran­cis told FAO con­fer­ence that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should ac­knowl­edge hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion are not “nat­u­ral or struc­tural phe­nom­ena.” He said “we are deal­ing with a com­plex mech­a­nism that mainly bur­dens the most vul­ner­a­ble, who are not only ex­cluded from the pro­cesses of pro­duc­tion, but fre­quently obliged to leave their lands in search of refuge and hope.” He noted that wars, acts of ter­ror­ism and forced dis­place­ment are not the re­sult of de­ter­min­ism.

Peace is key

Mean­while, FAO’s Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Jose Graziano da Silva said “I wish I could an­nounce here to­day some good news re­gard­ing the global fight against hunger but, un­for­tu­nately, it is not the case. “To save lives, we have to save their liveli­hoods. We can­not save peo­ple and put them in camps,” he added.

He pointed out that “peace is of course the key to end­ing th­ese crises. But we can­not wait for peace to take ac­tion. There is much we can do to fight hunger dur­ing con­flicts and pro­tracted crises.” He said that FAO has iden­ti­fied 19 coun­tries fac­ing se­vere food crises due to a com­bi­na­tion of con­flict and cli­mate change in­clud­ing South Su­dan, North­east Nige­ria, So­ma­lia, and Ye­men where nearly 20 mil­lion are af­fected.

He added this year’s set­back in the fight against hunger hardly came as a sur­prise, with al­most 20 mil­lion peo­ple fac­ing star­va­tion be­cause of fight­ing and drought in South Su­dan, Nige­ria, So­ma­lia and Ye­men. He said strong po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ments to erad­i­cat­ing hunger are es­sen­tial but not suf­fi­cient, adding that hunger could only be de­feated if states ful­fill their com­mit­ments on both na­tional and lo­cal lev­els.

He spec­i­fied FAO’s top pri­or­i­ties for the next two years in pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, re­duc­ing the im­pacts of cli­mate change, keep­ing pace with th­ese changes, re­duc­ing poverty, ad­dress­ing wa­ter scarcity and mi­gra­tion and sup­port­ing ru­ral liveli­hoods af­fected by con­flict as well as and work­ing con­stantly on food and fish­eries. The event, which is held ev­ery two years, runs un­til July 8. Up to 1100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from mem­ber states are tak­ing part in the con­fer­ence. —KUNA

Min­is­ter of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs and Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Mo­ham­mad Al-Jabri

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