The 2021 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum Special Event and the release of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI 2021) report were held online on July 12. The president of the ECOSOC, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, director-general of the World Health Organization, executive director of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, executive director of the World Food Programme, and over 1,200 other representatives globally attended the opening ceremony. Guang Defu, Permanent Representative of China to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, was invited to the event and delivered remarks.
Ambassador Guang spoke highly of the SOFI 2021 report, saying that the report is highly relevant. As the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc around the world, the transformation of food systems is crucial to resuming production after COVID-19 and achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Ambassador Guang reiterated that in the face of challenges, including regional conflicts, climate change, natural disasters and economic slowdown, promoting the transformation of food systems can safeguard both lives and livelihoods. The Chinese government attaches great importance to food and agricultural production, always gives priority to food security, and has attained remarkable results. As a responsible great power with a global vision, China is willing to share with the world its successful experience related to agriculture, rural areas and farmers.
Ambassador Guang said China will continue to push for the transformation of its food and agricultural systems. China aims to build a resource-efficient, environmentally friendly, and green-oriented climate-smart agriculture, so as to help realize China’s peak carbon emission and carbon neutrality targets. China is willing to step up efforts to support FAO initiatives, such as the Hand-in-Hand Initiative, give full play to the role of South-South and triangular cooperation, and help developing countries increase their grain output, so as to achieve global food security, improve nutrition and end hunger.