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China committed to maintaining global food security
update:March 06,2020
March 6,2020 -- As the largest developing country and a responsible major country, China has been actively participating in the governance of global food security, firmly upholding the multilateral trading system, and implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. China will continue to make contributions to maintaining global food security and promoting common development, said the Chinese representative at an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food held Wednesday at the on-going 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council. 
The global food system is unbalanced and developing countries and vulnerable groups are the first to bear the brunt. Developed countries and relevant United Nations departments should effectively help developing countries strengthen their food production capacity, provide funding and technical assistance to realize the right to food on an equal basis, said the Chinese representative.
“The United States still ignores economic, social and cultural rights, especially the right to food. The U.S. government has withdrawn and reduced its supplementary nutrition assistance program on a large scale, posing a threat to national food security,” the representative of China said. “There is gender discrimination in the U.S. program ‘Feed the Future’. Economic sanctions and austerity measures imposed by the United States and the European Union have impeded the realization of the right to food.”
The representative of China pointed out that food matters to the future of a nation and the livelihood of the people, and the right to food is the foundation for other human rights. Food security is essential for world peace and development and lays the foundation for building a community with a shared future for mankind. Today's food security challenges are still daunting. There are more than 800 million people in hunger and the international food trade is facing the interference of protectionism and unilateralism. There is still a long way to go to achieve the relevant sustainable development goals as factors of instability are increasing.
By:Ma Caicai
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