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End conflict and you end hunger, UNSC told
March 23, 2018, 11:58 pm

Climate change and desertification will exacerbate the negative effects of conflict on food security for needy people [Sara Mohamed]


The United Nations Security Council is being urged to tackle the link between conflict and hunger.

At a special session of the council, the 15 members heard how hunger and famine continue despite huge technological advances because wars lead to the erosion of humanitarian laws and access of the most needy to food security.

David Beasley, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said that warring parties “won’t stop shooting at each other” which is why the Security Council – which is mandated to maintain peace and international security – should play a greater role in ending conflict.

Conflict over the past two decades has seen the number of hungry rise; in the past three years, specifically, the number of people on the brink of starvation jumped from 80 to 124 million, the UN says.

“There is no reason that there should ever be famine in the world today. There’s actually no reason that there should be hunger in the world today when we have $300 trillion available wealth,” David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program, told the Security Council in a briefing.

“The question we should ask ourselves today is what is driving this extreme hunger rate. And the answer … is man-made conflict.”

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Council that about two-thirds of hungry people live in areas where there is armed conflict and war.

“This Council’s main responsibility is peace and international security,” he said. “In other words, this Council can help prevent famine to ever occur again.”

Yemen is a prime example of how war has led to mass hunger.

The debilitated health sector as a result of the Pan-Arab war on Yemeni rebels has left hundreds of thousands of children at risk of starvation and death. More than 350,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, with some 7 million of the population lacking basic services and health care.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

One Response to End conflict and you end hunger, UNSC told

  1. Lisa Reply

    March 26, 2018 at 3:42 am

    The insanity of land grabs has not changed one bit since the recorded history of the male of the species.

    Man is biologically designed by nature to eat plants, grains and very little animal protein. He has molars to grind and no fangs. He has flat soles without claws. His intestines are not designed to process animal meat. Eastern cultures were aware of this and they have tragically deteriorated to a meat diet like the west has always done.

    The solution is simple to end starvation. Don’t let foreigners invade with their money tricks and take your resources like the whites did to Native Americans and everywhere else they can get away with it. They destroyed almost the entire country with their cattle, sheep, etc., and have also been draining the main aquifer which means soon the u.s. will be wasteland.

    Please learn from their stupidity, short-sidedness, disrespect and greed. Don’t import their meat, don’t take or use their money. Use your land wisely for grains and other plant food which is a win-win with nature. You feed your own people best this way, and give surplus to the hungry if you have it.

    Drought is cyclic, so people must realize limits and be prepared. There will be increasing drought not so much from climate warming as from great misuse of water and destruction of forests. The East knows all this from their ancestors.

    The UNSC is mistaken: War is more common not in times of drought when the Sun is quiet, but when the Sun is very active with many sunspots and solar flares,
    and very good harvests! This fact comes from George Lakhovsky in his book, The Secret of Life.

    The genocide taking place in Yemen is unrelated to anything having to do with drought. It is purely a political scheme having to do with multi-faceted evil agendas, one of which involves the obstruction of the Silk Road plans. We all know who is behind it!

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