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Adverse Impact of Climate Change on the Full Realization of the Right to Food 
Statement Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
July 3, 2023

Interactive Dialogue on the Secretary-General’s Report on the Adverse Impact of Climate Change on the Full Realization of the Right to Food

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Human Rights Council – 53rd Session

Thank you, Mr. President.

Food insecurity is a global problem that requires global action. Simply put, countless people are starving or malnourished and climate change, a major threat to food supply, is a contributing factor that must be addressed. In the meantime, we are taking action to address the immediate need.

Last month, President Biden and other world leaders signed the Hiroshima Action Statement for Resilient Global Food Security, which reaffirms that access to affordable, safe, and nutritious food is a basic human need. We have committed to working together to build more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive agricultural and food systems.

We can do this by promoting the transformation of those systems; investing in programs such as the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, which supports small-scale farmers and develops climate-smart, resilient food systems; and by supporting innovation and technology to adapt crops and livestock to climate change and to improve soils.

It is important that these advancements support everyone, including those in Small Island Developing States and other least developed countries, indigenous communities, displaced populations, and smallholder and marginal farmers including women and youth.

I would like to ask: What further resources can the UN provide to help promote climate-smart agriculture?

I thank you.