Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
May 18, 2022
Ladies and gentlemen, today we are releasing a global food security call to action. This roadmap affirms our commitment to act with urgency at scale and in concert to respond to the urgent food security and nutrition needs of millions of people in vulnerable situations around the world.
It outlines seven actions that Member States can take to address this crisis and ensures coordination with UN system agencies, the G7, the G20, the AU, multilateral development banks and international financial institutions, and other partners as appropriate. We invite all of your governments to commit to the ideas and the roadmap for global food security, and to join us in endorsing this statement. Already, 32 participants have joined us in this roadmap, and we welcome others to join us as well.
As we’ve clearly outlined today, the global food security situation is dire and made all the more urgent by recent events. Famine is preventable. No one has to go hungry. Those of us who never have to worry about whether we will find our next meal have a special obligation to act on behalf of the millions of families who do. We have a duty to identify where conflict or climate will drive hunger to stop manmade famines in their tracks to prevent children from dying; to put our differences aside, come together, and eliminate hunger and food insecurity across the world.
And so, we are beyond grateful that you all joined us today and stayed here as long as you did, traveling from far and wide to offer your perspectives on the pressing crisis of food insecurity. Together, let’s commit to endorsing this statement, mobilizing our resources, coordinating our efforts, implementing this roadmap and doing everything – everything – in our power to end the scourge of global food insecurity as we know it today.
Thank you very much.