United Nations HQ in New York.
(photo credit: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
NEW YORK – The UN on Tuesday passed an Israeli-sponsored resolution on
“agricultural technology for development,” a bill dedicated to sustainable
agricultural advancements for developing countries.
This is the third
time in its history at the UN that Israel has passed a resolution by a majority
Calling it a “Hanukka miracle,” the Israeli Mission to the UN
announced that a record number of member states – 138 in total – had voted yes
on the resolution.
The Arab group led the 34 abstentions to the vote. One
country, Bolivia, voted no. The resolution had 105 cosponsors with
The mission called it a “breakthrough in promoting access to
agricultural technologies in developing countries,” and said the bill
specifically emphasizes the introduction and use of them by young people and
women in Africa.
“Where Israel works to bring repair to the world, Arab
countries are putting up walls,” UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said in a statement.
“The technologies developing in Israel are now at the forefront of the global
fight to eradicate poverty and hunger. The unprecedented support of the Israeli
resolution proves that Israel is a technological powerhouse that offers creative
solutions to the world.”
A representative of Saudi Arabia, speaking on
behalf of the Arab group, said the resolution was redundant with a similar one
presented by China. The representative added that the resolution did not take
into account the requirements in transferring technologies and financing their
implementation, Jordan’s official PETRA news agency reported.
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