TPT office in Dhaka: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the Global Champions Group on Global Crisis Response set up by the Secretary-General. We are ready to share our good practices in the fields of agriculture and food security with countries in comparable situations,” said Bangladeshi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam MP, Thursday May 19, 2022, at the United Nations Security Council in New York. He was speaking at the Security Council’s open debate entitled ‘Conflict and food security.’ He shared Bangladesh’s achievements in transforming the agricultural sector and achieving food self-sufficiency, which has fostered rural development, empowerment of marginalized people and protection of smallholder farmers.
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Recalling the pledges of the global community to implement the 2030 Agenda, he said it was imperative to work together to ensure that everyone, everywhere had access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, leaving no one behind.
He stressed the importance of improving productivity and ensuring efficient food storage and distribution systems. In this regard, he stressed the need for increased investment and targeted technological support from developed countries.
The Minister of State urged global solidarity to keep critical food delivery infrastructure out of harm’s way during conflict. “We support the idea of Security Council Resolution 2417 to prohibit ‘civilian starvation as a method of warfare’ and to ensure unhindered access for humanitarian actors during armed conflict,” he added. .
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs called on developed countries to meet their climate commitments to create a more resilient agricultural and food system.
Today, the Minister of State had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Abdullah Shahid, President of the United Nations General Assembly. He thanked the President of the General Assembly for placing his trust in the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Ambassador Rabab Fatima, for co-facilitating the Declaration of Progress of the first-ever International Forum on migration review. He also had a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Interior of Djibouti, HE Said Nouh Hassan. They discussed issues of common concern, including Bangladesh’s candidacy for the Human Rights Council election for 2023-25.
The Minister of State leads a high-level delegation from Bangladesh to the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF).