"Nichts mehr davon, ich bitt euch. Zu essen gebt ihm, zu wohnen.
Habt ihr die Blöße bedeckt, gibt sich die Würde von selbst."
Friedrich Schiller
  May 2008 FOOD

Call for Increased Food Production Issued at High-Level Special Meeting of UN Panel

At a special meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council on the global food crisis, Council President Leo Merores (Haiti) has called for increased food production to ensure adequate future supplies. "Agriculture has to be put back at the centre of the development agenda." A substantive session scheduled in July will convene roundtable and panel discussions on food security, he said.

The Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 developing countries and China, said the crisis was essentially one of development, occuring largely because locally produced food had been discouraged in past decades.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UN, Prasad Kariyawasam insisted the right to food is a fundamental human right. "Food is a primary necessity for the very survival of the human race. it is our common responsibility to ensure that no human being is denied this basic right."