RIYADH: A Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs official on Wednesday confirmed that the Kingdom has taken crucial steps to enhance food security, put forward strategies to promote food growth and face climate change and water scarcity.
Waleed Al-Khuraiji, Saudi deputy minister of foreign affairs, said these efforts have contributed to improving food security indicators in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
During the Global Food Security Call to Action meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday, Al-Khuraiji said that the food security challenge proves that sustainable recovery depends on international cooperation.
He said that despite progress in the development process, achieving the 2030 SDG (social development goals) has become extremely difficult, as global expectations and indicators show a deviation in the path towards achieving the second goal of the program, which includes the eradication of hunger.
“Among the global health challenges are the spread of pandemics, as the spread of the COVID-19 revealed to us the fragility of the international system in combating a virus that is not visible to the naked eye, which led to severe consequences that affected societies and economies,” Al-Khuraiji said, adding that this affected people’s lives, their livelihood and declining economic indicators.
He said that Saudi Arabia led a global response to that pandemic that accompanied the Kingdom’s G20 presidency, as it supported global efforts to confront this pandemic with $500 million, in addition to providing $300 million to help countries’ efforts to address the pandemic.
“The Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 focused within sustainable development efforts on building a sustainable agricultural sector, strengthening sectors that support food systems, developing systems and improving agricultural productivity, and worked to strengthen research and innovation capabilities to ensure sustainable progress in food security,” Al-Khuraiji said.
In this regard, he said that Saudi Arabia presented crucial initiatives to the region and the world, and has become a road map for facing environmental challenges. These intuitive include the Saudi Green Initiative the Middle East Green Initiative, and the circular carbon economy initiative.
Al-Khuraiji said the Kingdom’s foreign policy attaches great importance to enhancing security and stability, supporting dialogue and peaceful solutions, and providing conditions that support development and achieve people’s aspirations for a better tomorrow, weather in the Middle East or the World.
He added that Saudi Arabia has always reiterated its commitment to helping needy and countries hit by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
“The Kingdom is the largest donor of humanitarian and development aid at the Arab and Islamic levels, and is one of the top three donors at the international level,” he said.