Israeli resolution passes at UN with unprecedented 117 co-sponsors


( An Israeli resolution focusing on the use of agricultural technology for sustainable development passed in the United Nations Second Committee on Tuesday with the highest-ever number of co-sponsors for an Israeli initiative at the world body.

The United Nations General Assembly hall. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

An unprecedented 117 countries signed on as co-sponsors of the Israeli resolution, which passed in a 141-1 vote with 34 abstentions.

Syria was only country to vote against the resolution, while other Arab countries abstained.

“Israel is proud to work with our friends around the world in promoting cutting-edge solutions to some of the world’s oldest agricultural challenges,” Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said following the resolution’s adoption.

“This is an issue that should bring all of us together,” he said. “Those opposing this resolution have clearly shown that instead of planting shoots of peace, they prefer to sow seeds of hate.”

The Israeli-sponsored resolution on agricultural technology for sustainable development was originally adopted in 2007 to assist with promoting food security and sustainable food systems without diminishing the resources of future generations. 

Posted on November 29, 2017 .