Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 46 - EU Intervention: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Geneva, 02/03/2021 - 15:24, UNIQUE ID: 210302_10
Statements on behalf of the EU

Madame President,

The European Union takes note of the report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Mr Michael Fakhri, and of his priorities for the mandate.

The current COVID19 pandemic has further exacerbated the pre-existing food insecurity and malnutrition. This comes on top of the ongoing challenges, such as of climate change and conflicts to ensuring every individuals right to food. It is key to adopt a human-rights based approach to combat the consequences of the crises triggered by the pandemic. Sustainable food production is essential not only to ensure the right to food, the protection of natural resources, but also to reverse climate change. Your report points out that, among those most affected by food insecurity are the individuals who produce the food we consume, including food and agricultural workers. The crucial role of human rights in the workplace for workers all along the food chain production clearly demonstrate the interrelated and mutually reinforcing nature of human rights.   

Mr Rapporteur, how do you see  the strengthening of the human rights of workers all along the food chains, as a step to ensuring the right to food ?

Thank you

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