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‘Bangladesh wants to share good practices in food security’

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 22 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam told the UN Security Council that Bangladesh stands ready to share its good practices in agriculture and food security with the countries in comparable situations.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has joined the Global Champions Group on Global Crisis Response set up by the Secretary-General. We stand ready to share our good practices in the areas of agriculture and food security with countries in comparable situations,” he said.

Md Shahriar Alam was speaking at the Security Council Open Debate titled “Conflict and Food Security” on Thursday.

The state minister is leading a high-level Bangladesh delegation to the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), according to a press release received from the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York on Saturday.

Shahriar Alam shared the achievements of Bangladesh in transforming the agriculture sector and achieve food self-sufficiency, which promoted rural development, empowerment of marginalised people, and protection of smallholder farmers.

Recalling the promises of the global community to implement the 2030 Agenda, he said that it is imperative to work together to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, leaving no one behind.

The state minister underscored the importance of enhancing productivity and ensuring effective food  storage and distribution systems. In this regard, he stressed the need for increased investments and targeted technology support from the developed countries.

He urged global solidarity to keep critical food delivery infrastructure out of harm’s way during conflicts.

“We support the notion of the Security Council Resolution 2417 to ban ‘starving of civilians as a method of warfare,’ and to ensure unimpeded access of humanitarian actors during armed conflict”, he added.

Shahriar Alam called on the developed countries to fulfill climate commitments to create a more resilient agriculture and food system.

The state minister on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with UN General Assembly President Abdullah Shahid.

He thanked the President of the General Assembly for reposing his confidence on the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, Ambassador Rabab Fatima for co-facilitating the Progress Declaration of the first ever International Migration Review Forum.

He also held a bilateral meeting with Minister of Interior of Djibouti Said Nouh Hassan.

They discussed issues of mutual interest, including Bangladesh’s candidature for the Human Rights Council election for 2023-25.