Remarks at the Launch of the 2023 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report
Ambassador Lisa Carty
U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs
New York, New York
July 12, 2023
Thank you to all our panelists and congratulations to the FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNICEF, and WHO on the launch of this report. It sheds important light on how we must think differently if we are to achieve SDG 2.
Addressing food insecurity is one of the most consequential challenges of our time – one that the United States is deeply committed to tackling. Last year, we brought together partners to craft a Roadmap for Global Food Security. We remain the world’s largest humanitarian food donor. And we have also made hunger caused by conflict the centerpiece of our last two Security Council presidencies.
When we assume the presidency next month, we will use our seat to highlight the compelling cause of Ending Famine. And we know that to bring an end to famine, we must look at root causes.
This will require a concerted, coordinated effort from stakeholders across the humanitarian and development communities and – critically – must include the voices of those affected by food insecurity.
Importantly, we cannot address food insecurity unless we address gender inequality. Women play a pivotal role in food systems, yet women and girls remain disproportionately impacted by food insecurity. We must ensure women and girls are decision-makers in designing and executing solutions. We urge everyone to take this up as a key priority.
We look forward to continuing to work with all of you, particularly our youth, to end hunger and malnutrition, especially among the most vulnerable.