UN human rights expert visits Zim to assess the right to food

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THE United Nations has launched a fact-finding mission to establish the right to food in Zimbabwe with the final report set to be presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2020.

UN Special Rapporteur, Hilal Elver, will lead the fact-finding mission from 18 to 28 November 2019.

The objective of my visit is to engage in constructive discussions to identify good practices as well as challenges to the enjoyment of the right to food in Zimbabwe, and provide useful recommendations to the Government and others,” Elver said.

“I will consider the increased challenges posed by the economic crisis, as well as the role of the private sector, the impact of climate change, natural disasters and drought on food security and people’s livelihoods, and the issues related to nutrition and food quality in both urban and rural areas.”

This is the first visit to the country by an independent expert on the right to food.

The Special Rapporteur will visit Harare and its suburbs, as well as some of the districts most affected by the drought.

The research professor will meet Government officials, independent institutions, representatives from the UN system, the international donor community, civil society organisations and local communities.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.

Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world.

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