Israeli plan to use agricultural technology for sustainable development welcomed by U.N.

December 24, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to adopt an Israeli resolution to utilise agricultural technology for sustainable development, despite the Arab bloc’s attempts to prevent its passage because it was submitted by Israel.

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

The resolution was passed on Tuesday, with 146 votes in favor, none against and 36 abstentions. The resolution promotes accessible agricultural technology in areas stricken by poverty and hunger, as well as natural disasters such as drought.

“So many regions suffering from hunger and drought will benefit immensely from this resolution, which will enable them access to the technological tools necessary for helping themselves in times of need, thanks to Israel’s leadership in the field,” Singer said. “I welcome the General Assembly’s recognition of this important resolution and the humane solutions it provides, despite efforts by Israel’s detractors to bury it simply because it was submitted by the Jewish state.”

Singer also praised Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Danny Danon, for his active efforts in promoting the resolution.

The World Jewish Congress has lobbied in recent months for the passage of the resolution in diplomatic meetings with various governments and representative bodies, particularly on the sidelines of the UNGA in late September.

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