In his formal address before a high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, said that the international community needs to do much more if there is going to be an impact on combating global poverty and hunger.
Representing the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister said the current meetings before the UNGA represent an opportunity to revisit the Millennium Development Goals of combating "the scourges of poverty and hunger."
In challenging the international community, Sheikh Nasser related that the number of poor in the world rose from 800 million people in 1990 to more than 1 billion in 2009. He argued that it is "imperative" for developed countries to live up to the commitment of allocating 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Product (GNP) towards official development assistance. This commitment was made in the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration on Financing for Development.
"Since our last conference in 2005," Sheikh Nasser continued, "the world has witnessed enormous crises and challenges. These were represented by the increase in the prices of food products and the oscillation in energy prices. These were followed by a suffocating financial and economic crisis that has threatened the global economic system and the political and social stability of some states. All states - without exception - have suffered from this crisis."
The Prime Minister told the assembly of foreign leaders in New York that he believes it is still possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. He viewed the meeting as "an important opportunity to renew the commitment and the determination to shoulder our responsibilities and implement our commitments. This gives us a chance to mobilize our energies for a better world. A world where the gap of disagreements, divisions and conflicts that are fed by absence of justice and equality can be narrowed, where the horizons of cooperation and partnership are expanded, and where peace and security prevail."
He pledged Kuwait would continue providing assistance to developing countries and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development would persist in its efforts to support and finance development and infrastructure projects in more than 100 countries.