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23-Oct-2018 00:01:33
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver said today that agricultural workers play a critical role in achieving food security and fulfilling the universal human right to adequate food. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / RIGHT TO FOOD
TRT: 1:33
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

23 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, press briefing room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, United Nations:
“The impacts of pesticides are unfortunately longer and slower, that is why we have difficulty to detect them. We can easily detect accident but accumulation of the chemicals impact on people’s health is very serious. It could be important cancer action, or also importance impact on mental health, especially for children, young children and young children are actually effected even when they are in their mothers womb.”
4.Med shot, reporter
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, United Nations:
“Regulations and protection is very much uneven among the developed and the developing countries. In developed countries, there is a better investigation and monitoring and regulation, but in developing countries are not. But the problem is because of the exporting food from the developing countries to the developed countries, we are basically receiving some fruits especially are subjected to serious pesticides implementations.”
6.Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver said today that agricultural workers play a critical role in achieving food security and fulfilling the universal human right to adequate food.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (23 Oct), the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver noted that agricultural workers, among the most food insecure, facing formidable barriers to the realization of their right to food, are often working without labour and employment protections and under dangerous conditions. Despite this vulnerability to food insecurity and human rights violations, the right to food of agricultural workers has not been sufficiently addressed.

The report says that particular attention is drawn to the dangerous working conditions inherent in the agricultural sector, which not only threaten the lives of agricultural workers, but also undermine their right to food.

Asked about the health effects from pesticides, Elver said “the impacts of pesticides are unfortunately longer and slower, that is why we have difficulty to detect them. We can easily detect accident but accumulation of the chemicals impact on people’s health is very serious.”

She added “it could be important cancer action, or also importance impact on mental health, especially for children, young children and young children are actually effected even when they are in their mothers womb.”

The Special Rapporteur also said that “regulations and protection is very much uneven among the developed and the developing countries. In developed countries, there is a better investigation and monitoring and regulation, but in developing countries are not. But the problem is because of the exporting food from the developing countries to the developed countries, we are basically receiving some fruits especially are subjected to serious pesticides implementations.”

The report also takes a comprehensive look at these challenges and outlines the obligations of States to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of agricultural workers, including the rights to a living wage, decent and safe working conditions and peaceful assembly and association.

It also explores the role of the State in regulating the private sector, as well as the role of businesses and consumers in promoting the rights of supply chain workers. Lastly, the report provides a set of recommendations to States and other stakeholders on how to improve the human rights situation of agricultural workers, with a focus on their right to food in a rapidly changing global food system.

Special Rapporteurs are part of the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council and work on a voluntary basis. They are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
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