UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon pledges full support to Qatar for establishing the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA)
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon pledges full support to Qatar for establishing the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA)

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon pledges full support to Qatar for establishing the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA) PR Newswire RIO DE JANEIRO, June 23, 2012 - With Photo - Panel of global leaders gather in Qatar National Pavilion at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to discuss food security in dry land nations. RIO DE JANEIRO, June 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "We want to say that we live in a sustainable world, but we cannot claim this when we have one billion starving people. Eradicating hunger is a top priority for the United Nations. So I would like to congratulate Qatar for its leadership in changing this situation through establishing the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA)." With this important statement, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon today set the tone for the last day of discussions in Rio at the Qatar Sustainability Forum. The Secretary General joined other world leaders in a panel discussion on "Partnering for Food Security: the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA)." The panel was hosted by the GDLA, an alliance of dry land nations collaborating on food security issues. The Panel was attended by His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and head of Qatar's delegation to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, HE Dr.

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon pledges full
support to Qatar for establishing the Global Dry
Land Alliance (GDLA)
PR Newswire
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 23, 2012
- With Photo
- Panel of global leaders gather in Qatar National Pavilion at Rio+20 UN
Conference on Sustainable Development to discuss food security in dry land
nations.
RIO DE JANEIRO
,
June 23, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- "We want to say that we live in
a sustainable world, but we cannot claim this when we have one billion starving
people. Eradicating hunger is a top priority for the United Nations. So I would
like to congratulate
Qatar
for its leadership in changing this situation through
establishing the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA)." With this important
statement, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon today set the
tone for the last day of discussions in Rio at the Qatar Sustainability Forum.
The Secretary General joined other world leaders in a panel discussion on
"Partnering for Food Security: the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA)." The panel
was hosted by the GDLA, an alliance of dry land nations collaborating on food
security issues.
The Panel was attended by His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah,
Chairman of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and
head of
Qatar
's delegation to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable
Development, HE Dr. Khaled bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Minister of State of
Foreign Affairs and HE Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General
Assembly of the United Nations.
"One of the key objectives of the UN is to feed the world's population," said the
Secretary General. "At the moment, one-third of the food produced in the
planet is wasted. This means that we have
enough food, but the system is unable to ensure it reaches everyone."
His Excellency Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Executive Chairman of the
Qatar National Food Security Programme, led the day's discussion on food
security by outlining
Qatar
's commitment to a master plan for renewable
energy, water management and sustainable agriculture and called on other
nations to participate in a collaborative effort for addressing global food
concerns. "
Qatar
is committed to doing more than simply addressing our own
food and water security concerns," said Chairman Al-Attiya. "We are proud to
join with nations from around the world to share research, best practices and
resources in a formal alliance of dry land states."
Joining him on the stage of the Qatar Pavilion at Rio+20 were major Qatari and
world leaders such as the GDLA Director and Ambassador of the State of Qatar
His Excellency Bader Al-Dafa; former president of the Government of Spain
Jose Luis Rodrigues Zapatero; Senior Diplomatic Advisor to the GDLA Mr. Miguel
Moratinos; UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director Parviz
Koohafkan; World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin; Chief
Development Strategist for the International Fund for Agricultural Development
(IFAD) Mr. Carlos Sere.
Covering some 40 percent of the world's surface, dry land areas are home to
two billion people. The GDLA programs will address the challenges that face
these nations. "Our mission is to develop capabilities to achieve food security in
dry land areas and also share technology with the less developed countries,"
stressed Ambassador Bader Al-Dafa.
More than 10 percent of these areas suffer from the effects of human
activities, resulting in the erosion of arable land, rising water shortages,
salinization, desertification and loss of biodiversity. In these countries, concerns
about food security are on the rise, with sustainable integrated strategies for
agriculture and heightened water usage awareness. "We must produce food
while respecting the environment, we must learn from Nature in order to
preserve it," said former President of the Government of
Spain
, Jose Luis
Rodrigues Zapatero. "I commend the
State of Qatar
for their leadership on this
issue Dry land nations must come together to address food security and
Qatar
has taken an important step by dedicating resources to get things started,"
added Zapatero.
Concluding the panel presentation, Miguel Moratinos, the Senior Diplomatic
Advisor of the GDLA, emphasized the role to be played by the GDLA in global
society in combating the threats of the 21st century by new innovative means.
"The GDLA is our contribution to mitigating hunger and addressing water
shortages."
About the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA)
The GDLA is a collaborative undertaking by countries severely affected by dry
land challenges. The treaty-based alliance is designed to combat the threat of
food insecurity, create solutions to common food security problems, and
provide mutual assistance in times of extraordinary need. In anticipation of
sharing knowledge and best practices with populations suffering from hunger
and poverty, the GDLA will engage in joint research and technological
innovation; direct funding to existing organizations for specified research and
program implementation; improve members' food security policies and
planning; mitigate members' food security vulnerabilities; and create food crisis
response capabilities. The alliance was initiated by His Highness the Heir
Apparent of
Qatar
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani through the Qatar
National Food Security Programme.
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