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UAE: Right to food a basic human right

posted on 28/05/2008: 692 views


Geneva - The United Arab Emirates has reiterated the right to food as one of the basic human rights.

Addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on global food crisis, Obaid Salem Al Za'abi, UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN's Headquarters in Geneva said that the current crisis had many reasons, but one was that this Council had been unable to secure the right to food on the ground for many years. The failure was linked to the fact that many countries had separated this right from other human rights.

"The right to food is one of the basic human rights. This crisis should not be allowed to impede the Millennium Development Goals," Al Za'abi said. The UAE expressed the hope that all organizations would work towards addressing the situation and that the Council would be doing its outmost to confirm once again that poverty should be banned and to find a lasting solution for this scourge. Al Za'abi thanked the Cuban representative for inviting the Council to hold a special session on this vital issue. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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