Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Physical and Mental Health

Dylan Lang
U.S. Adviser for the Third Committee
New York, New York
October 26, 2023


Thank you, Chair, and thank you, Madam Special Rapporteur, for your report and for promoting health resources for all individuals. Access to food and other nourishing health resources is important to the enjoyment of human rights. We cannot promote the wellbeing of all people without proper sustenance for our bodies.

We are committed to tackling the devastating threat of hunger and diet-related disease in the United States and abroad. By relaunching our National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, we have committed to achievable and sustainable actions to fundamentally shift our country’s food, nutrition, and health policies and outcomes.

Additionally, our call to action was met with more than $8 billion in private and public sector commitments to combat food insecurity, improve access to nutritious food, promote healthy choices, and increase physical activity.

In addition to meeting immediate needs, we aim to find long-term solutions. As part of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s flagship global hunger and food security initiative, we are investing over $1 billion per year to combat hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in more than 35 countries around the world through investments in agricultural development and food security activities.

In order to make progress towards the SDGs and global health outcomes, we need to work toward a world in which everyone has access to nutritious food.

Madam Special Rapporteur, how can we better ensure that access to food is provided in an equitable manner?

I thank you.