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Vatican delegate says nutrition is a human right

Speaking at the 27th session of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, a Vatican delegate has argued that the right to nutrition is "fully an economic and social right".

Catholic World News reports that Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, the Vatican's permanent observer to the Rome-based organisation, said that the lack of secure access to adequate food is one of the most severe limitations on human freedom and the development of communities.

Archbishop Marchetto said that the Holy See is "profoundly disappointed" by the absence of progress since the World Food Summit of 1996. He regretted that world leaders had not taken the necessary steps to ensure adequate food supplies for more needy people.

During a time of "unprecedented progress and development," he said, it is a scandal that many people remain hungry, and that national and international leaders have not taken action to resolve the problem.