Selçuk Özcan 09.03.2015

Thank you Mr. President,

We would like to thank both Special Rapporteurs for their reports and valuable presentations. Our remarks will focus on the presentation by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Ms. Hilal Elver.

We have read her report on the access to justice and the right to food, international legal frameworks available to seek remedy for the human rights violations and listened to her presentation carefully. I would like to briefly share with you our thoughts on achieving the right to food and food security in general.

We believe that this year is specifically important for achieving the right to food for all, as the final negotiations draw to an end on the post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015.

The Millenium Development Goals nr.1 and nr.2 are related to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” and to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

Our conviction is that determined and hard work in achieving these two goals, among the others, will be crucial for achieving the right to food once and for all.

Turkey, attaches special importance to food security and nutrition issues. In this respect the Turkish Presidency of the G-20 this year will prioritize on implementing the Food Security and Nutrition Framework.

Turkey also believes that our work should be multi-dimensional, including the health, development, technology and legal framework aspects; and multi-faceted by including all actors at international, regional and national levels. Hence, international and regional organizations, states, private sector and civil society should all take part in this team play.

As far as the multi-dimensionality of the work is concerned, we welcome the World Health Organization’s designating the theme for the World Health Day this year as “food safety”.

Turkey also strongly supports the important role of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which we consider as a partner in the fight against hunger, poverty and mal-nutrition. In this respect, I would like to underline that Turkey’s contribution to FAO has increased %114 in 2014.

On a final note, I would like to express that we look forward to the panel discussion at this session, which Turkey is among the main organizers. The panel will focus on the theme of participatory development and poverty eradication at the national level and we believe that it will be a good opportunity to exchange views on how state obligations under international human rights law can be taken into account in devising national development policies and poverty reduction strategies.

I thank you.

Intervention by Turkey


Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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