Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU Explanation of Vote: United Nations 2nd Committee: Resolution on Agricultural technology for sustainable development

New York, 26/11/2019 - 21:11, UNIQUE ID: 191202_16
Statements on behalf of the EU

26 November 2019, New York – European Union Explanation of Vote delivered by Finland on behalf of the EU and its Member States at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Second Committee, 24th meeting on the Resolution on Agricultural technology for sustainable development

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, the Republic of North Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

Mr. Chairman,

Before my intervention, please allow me to commend the work of the facilitator, Ms. Anat Fisher Tsin from Israel, who has led the negotiations with great professionalism and spirit, and encouraged cooperation between delegations.

Mr. Chairman,

The Member States of the European Union have voted in favour on this resolution A/C.2/74/L.44/Rev.1, Agricultural technology for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out a framework and a plan of action to achieve sustainable development. It is our responsibility to ensure that the goals contained in the 2030 Agenda are met. We are therefore pleased to note that this resolution directly addresses progress towards a number of these goals, namely SDG 2 "Zero Hunger" and SDG 12 "responsible consumption and production" amongst others.

As the Secretary-General's report outlines, agricultural technology has a beneficial impact on the 2030 Agenda for numerous reasons. It can improve food security and nutrition, hence speaking to SDG 2, and improves the sustainability of agricultural and food systems. This leads me to my second point concerning the important linkages between sustainable agriculture and addressing climate change and biodiversity loss.

Climate change constitutes one of the most pressing global challenges that we are currently facing and affects our collective efforts in achieving the goals and targets set out in the 2030 agenda. We therefore welcome the stronger focus on the impacts of climate change in this resolution. The text we adopted today calls on us to better manage climate-related risks, make agriculture more environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient and use technology to reduce the agricultural sectors’ contribution to the global rise in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the resolution also recognises the urgent need to step up efforts to address biodiversity loss for which unsustainable agricultural practices are an important driver.

The resolution also highlights the importance of the circular economy, which is in our view, an integral part of SDG 12 and a key tool towards more sustainable consumption and production.  In March, we agreed at the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly the importance of moving towards circular economies in order to advance sustainable consumption and production patterns. We are therefore encouraged to see that the importance of the circular economy is recognised in this resolution.

To conclude, let me once again thank the facilitator of this resolution for her excellent work, as well as the Mr. Lucas Tavares from the FAO for his support.  I assure you of the support of the EU and its Member States to this resolution and look forward to further improvements in the substance of this resolution during the next session.

I thank you Mr. Chairman.

 

* The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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