Food is a Fundamental Human Right
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health
and well-being of himself and his family, including food ...”
(Article 25, nr. 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Led by Eleanor Roosevelt’s visionary impetus, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.
60 years later, many of these Rights continue far for being achieved, including the most basic one: the Right to Food.
Accordingly to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), currently, 963 million human beings are suffering from devastating hunger and malnutrition around the globe. That’s, sadly, almost one sixth of the world’s entire population!
Despite the generous profusion of declarations of goodwill, hunger is a growing and mutating flagellum. A flagellum that no longer affects solely the world’s poorest nations. With the double shock of food and oil prices, now coupled with an unprecedented global economic recession, growing level of hunger and poverty – including “ashamed poverty” – are becoming too common place in leading economic countries, where an increasing number of families are struggling to put food on the table.
During the last couple of months, colossal investments have been announced by Governments from all over the world in an attempt to bail out the international financial markets and rescue global economy from the most serious economic crisis ever known.
In this case, the ends justify this unprecedented orchestration of policies and means. But, whilst we acknowledge that, we cannot help asking ourselves how much has been invested by the international community to end hunger, in both political will and financial resources? Why so little seems to have been done, when cyclic hunger is routine, predictable and, therefore, preventable? And, finally, at this rate, how many countries are on track to meet the “Millennium Development Goals” by the end of the 2015 deadline? Not more than a few, apparently!...
We believe that those Goals are still achievable!
We believe that the fight against world hunger and poverty can still be won!
But much more needs to be done!
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