Vietnam Calls for International Efforts to Address Conflict-induced Hunger
Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations, called for the international efforts to address conflict-induced hunger during a United Nations Security Council meeting on April 21, according to Vietnam News.
In his remarks, Ambassador Giang stated that the world’s food system has been increasingly challenged by conflicts, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and natural disasters. These have seriously threatened global food security, especially with regard to countries and conflicts in Africa, Asia or Europe, he said.
He also welcomed recent efforts made by the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program and humanitarian partners around the world to provide aid to people in many areas; and encouraged the United Nations and its partners to forge solutions to surging prices of many necessary commodities.
According to Giang, the exchange of information and updates about areas where food insecurity emerges or evolves complexly are necessary for coping with the problem.
|Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang at United Nations. (Photo: VNA/VNS)|
The Vietnamese diplomat stated Resolution 2417 and Resolution 2573, emphasized that all parties to a conflict must adhere to international humanitarian law and do not use starvation as a method of warfare. He also urged deepening cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in tackling the root causes of conflicts, building peace, and preventing conflicts, thus reducing the risk of conflict-induced hunger.
Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang noted that ASEAN has formed a specific partnership in sustaining food security over recent years. From Vietnam’s perspective, he stated that the country views food security as the root of security, stability, and development and will continue contributing to the world’s concerted efforts in addressing food security challenges.
This Arria-formula meeting on conflict and hunger was briefed by Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Margot Van Der Velden, Director of Emergencies at the World Food Programme (WFP); and Michael Fakhri, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. It is known that Arria-formula meetings are informal arrangements, which allow the Council greater flexibility to be briefed about international peace and security issues. Following Council members’ interventions, other member states will be able to make their statements.
“This Arria formula meeting will allow practitioners active on the conflict and hunger agenda, both in the UN system and in the field, to share updates on the alarming global trends of conflict-induced hunger and recommend possible actions to break the cycle of conflict-induced food insecurity."
"It will also facilitate Member State engagement on questions of the mutually reinforcing impacts of conflict and food insecurity in the Security Council, at the Peacebuilding Commission, in the Economic and Social Council, and in other fora, to share understandings of the issues driving conflict and hunger”, described on the United Nations’ website.
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