Leg­is­la­tor L.Eldev-Ochir at­tends global par­lia­men­tary sum­mit

The UB Post - - Politics -

Head of the Par­lia­ment’s Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Food, Agri­cul­ture and Environment L.Eldev-Ochir par­tic­i­pated in the global par­lia­men­tary sum­mit against hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion held in Madrid, Spain, from Oc­to­ber 29 to 30.

Dur­ing the sum­mit, the law­maker at­tended the three the­matic ses­sions un­der the themes of end­ing hunger and its causes; the chal­lenge of nutri­tion; and means to achieve Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion Jose Graziano da Silva urged in­ter­na­tional par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to place food se­cu­rity and nutri­tion at the top of the po­lit­i­cal agenda.

“Be­ing re­spon­si­ble for pass­ing laws and re­view­ing bud­gets, you can play a key role in pro­mot­ing food se­cu­rity and im­prov­ing nutri­tion in your re­spec­tive coun­tries," noted the di­rec­tor gen­eral.

Prime Min­is­ter of Spain Pe­dro Sanchez said, "This sum­mit rep­re­sents an op­por­tu­nity to face this truly global chal­lenge from a mul­ti­lat­eral per­spec­tive, the only ef­fec­tive prism from which to iden­tify so­lu­tions and put in place the mea­sures and the nec­es­sary leg­is­la­tion in your re­spec­tive coun­tries to achieve the Zero Hunger goal by 2030.”

"If we do not find con­crete ways to stop this con­stant in­crease, the num­ber of obese peo­ple will soon be as high as the num­ber of peo­ple who are hun­gry," stated the di­rec­tor gen­eral.

"Un­for­tu­nately, pro­cessed food is also more con­ve­nient for in­ter­na­tional trade. This greatly af­fects the pop­u­la­tions of coun­tries that im­port most of their food, such as the is­lands of the Pa­cific and the Caribbean,” Graziano da Silva ex­plained.

He added that there are ex­am­ples of coun­tries like Mex­ico and Viet­nam, which reg­is­tered an in­crease in the con­sump­tion of un­healthy im­ported foods and beverages un­der free trade agree­ments.

“It is also an op­por­tu­nity to place the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals at the cen­ter of all pub­lic poli­cies and pri­or­i­ties, to place this de­bate in a cen­tral po­si­tion and to re­spond to the needs of so­ci­ety tak­ing as ref­er­ence the uni­ver­sal val­ues that unite us all,” the Span­ish premier added.

The sum­mit’s del­e­gates dis­cussed the im­por­tant role of leg­isla­tive bod­ies to achieve a hunger-free world by 2030; iden­ti­fy­ing and shar­ing po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, leg­is­la­tion and good prac­tices which are fun­da­men­tal in the fight against hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion; and build­ing a net­work of par­lia­men­tary al­liances that con­trib­ute to the achieve­ment of zero hunger goal, progress to­wards the com­mit­ments of the Sec­ond In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Nutri­tion held in 2014 in Italy; and the United Na­tions Decade of Ac­tion on Nutri­tion, pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and ter­ri­to­ries.

Ac­cord­ing to FAO’s lat­est fig­ures, 821 mil­lion peo­ple (11 per­cent of the world's pop­u­la­tion) go hun­gry ev­ery day. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, other forms of mal­nu­tri­tion have also in­creased and there are al­ready two bil­lion over­weight adults, of whom 672 mil­lion are obese.

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