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Dhaka calls for collective response to conflict-induced global food insecurity

  • Ambassador says fragmented approach will not suffice
  • Seeks investment in agri-food systems
  • Underscores urgency of renewing Black Sea Grain Initiative
  • Emphasizes homegrown food production
Update : 04 Aug 2023, 03:15 PM

Bangladesh has pitched for collective response instead of fragmented approach to address the conflict-induced global food security as millions across the world are at risk of hunger.

"In the face of conflict-induced global food insecurity, a fragmented approach will not suffice. We must come together in a collective endeavour to address this crisis," said Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith, permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York, during his address at the Security Council's open debate on Famine and Conflict-induced Global Food Insecurity on Thursday.

Citing the devastating impact of the ongoing conflicts and climate change on global food security, Ambassador Muhith shed light on the various measures undertaken by the government of Bangladesh to address food insecurity at both the national and international levels.

He pointed out that to tackle the conflict-driven global food crisis, the Bangladesh government has taken various fiscal and policy measures and prioritized investments in agri-food systems.

Furthermore, he mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon all the citizens to actively participate in homegrown food production practices and cultivate unused lands in every household.

To bolster collective action against food insecurity, Ambassador Muhith stressed the importance of addressing underlying factors that affect food prices and access to food during conflicts.

In this regard, he pledged full support for the secretary-general's call to keep markets open, remove unnecessary export restrictions, and release food reserves to improve the food supply.

He also underscored the urgency of renewing the “Black Sea Grain Initiative” to ensure stable food supplies.

Moreover, he emphasized the need for increased international cooperation, including South-South cooperation, climate financing, and technology transfer, to support vulnerable countries like Bangladesh in mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change on food security.

Strongly denouncing the use of famine and starvation as weapons of war, Ambassador Muhith called upon all member states to refrain from employing starvation as a tactic of warfare and also urged conflicting parties to adhere to international law and humanitarian principles.

Drawing the attention of the council to the protracted Rohingya crisis and the funding shortfall in the humanitarian response plan for the Rohingya, Ambassador Muhith urged the Security Council to pay immediate attention to the situation in Myanmar.

He appealed for collective efforts to create a conducive environment in the country to enable safe and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.

He called upon the international community to continue providing adequate funding to support the displaced Rohingyas pending their return.

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