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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Adopts Statement on Food Crisis

16 May 2008: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural

Rights of the UN Economic and Social Council adopted a statement on the world

food crisis, during its fortieth session on 16 May 2008. The statement

(E/C.12/2008/1) calls on all States to address the immediate causes of the food

crisis and urges them to address its structural causes at the national and

international levels, including by: “implementing strategies to combat global

climate change that do not negatively affect the right to adequate food and

freedom from hunger, but rather promote sustainable agriculture, as required by

article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

The statement also urges parties to invest in small-scale

agriculture; apply human rights principles, especially those relating to the

right to adequate food and freedom from hunger, by undertaking ex ante impact

assessments of financial, trade and development policies; and apply the FAO's

Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to

Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security. [Statement]