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Arab League: Food security is a priority and ending conflicts that lead to hunger is a necessity

The League of Arab States confirmed that the food security file is a top priority for joint Arab action, in light of the worsening challenges facing this file at the Arab and global levels.

This came during the speech of the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Affairs Sector of the League of Arab States, Ambassador Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, at the opening session of the conference “Food Justice from a Human Rights Perspective: Reality Challenges and Future Stakes,” in the Qatari capital, “Doha,” where she participated at the head of a delegation from the Secretariat. The General Assembly of the Arab League from the Human Rights Departments and civil society organizations in the conference proceedings.

Ambassador Abu Ghazaleh called for the need to intensify efforts to build peace and end conflicts that generate hunger and contribute to preventing food from reaching the most affected and needy.

She alerted to the catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip on its 122nd day, as those who do not die in Gaza under bombardment die of hunger and thirst due to the lack of access to food, water and treatment, and as the entire population of the Strip depends on humanitarian aid that does not arrive.

Ambassador Abu Ghazaleh asked: How can we talk about food justice when humanitarian actors cannot safely and sustainably reach all those in need in gross violation of international humanitarian law?

A statement issued by the Arab League on Wednesday stated that the League’s General Secretariat contributed three working papers, the first of which focused on “Diplomacy for Realizing the Right to Food and Achieving Food Justice in the Arab Countries: Challenges and Opportunities,” which highlighted the most prominent Arab initiatives concerned with achieving Arab food security and mechanisms for implementing the right. In food in the Arab region.

The second working paper dealt with “The role of Arab civil society in implementing the right to food and achieving food justice,” which reviewed the efforts of the League of Arab States in implementing the right to food and achieving Arab food security, especially in light of the results and recommendations issued by the fifth session of the Civil Society Forum held on October 24, 2023 under The slogan “Civil Society and Food Security” within the framework of the Fifth Arab Economic and Social Development Summit Forums scheduled to be held in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania during the current year.

During the third working paper, entitled “The Role of Accountability Mechanisms in Ensuring the Right to Food and Preventing Bias in Food Systems,” the role of the Arab Charter Committee on Human Rights in implementing the right to food in Arab countries was highlighted.

The statement indicated that Ambassador Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh held side meetings on the sidelines of the conference with: Maryam Al-Attiyah, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar, and Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights, where the two meetings discussed ways to enhance joint cooperation on issues. Concerned with human rights in our Arab region.

The conference is being held at the initiative of the National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar and jointly organized by: the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

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