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Kuwait calls on UN to prevent Israel’s weaponisation of starvation in Gaza

October 25, 2023 at 11:19 am

A Palestinian man carries bread as he walks on debris following overnight Israeli strikes on the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on October 25, 2023 [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images]

Kuwait has called on the international community to prevent Israel’s weaponisation of “starvation” b against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the implementation of their guaranteed right to food through the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The appeal was made yesterday by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO), Yousef Juhail, during the annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security at its headquarters in Rome. The meeting touched on the siege and starvation imposed by the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, according to reports by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

“Kuwait calls on the member states of the committee to adhere to the right to food for all and without discrimination in accordance with the Charter of the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the UN,” said Juhail. “It also stresses the need not to use it as a weapon to starve the Palestinian people.”

In this regard, he called on member states and the international community to expedite the delivery of food and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, and called on the UNFAO and all its member states to search for urgent solutions to confront the severe shortage of food and water in the enclave.

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The Committee on World Food Security meeting began on Monday and will review four issues: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World for 2023; Strengthening Coordination of Policy Responses to the Global Food Crisis; Enhancing the Transformation of Food Systems to Achieve Food Security and Nutrition; and Realising the Right to Adequate Food.

The committee was established in 1974 as a forum within the UN to review and follow up policies related to global food security, including production and achieving physical and economic sufficiency in food. It was reformed in 2009 with the aim of making it more effective and increasing its ability to promote policies that reduce food insecurity.

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