Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Arria-formula on Food Security, Nutrition and Peace organized by the Permanent Mission of Angola to the UN and Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN

Statement by Paul Menkveld, Charge d’Affaires a.i., Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, New York, 29 March 2016

Thank you Chair,

Let me start by thanking Angola and Spain for organizing this meeting and the distinguished speakers for their valuable contributions.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union.

In addition, I would like to emphasize the following in my national capacity.

(On Food Security, Nutrition and Peace)

Conflict, resource scarcity and undernourishment are closely correlated. These relations are complex and context specific, more insight is certainly needed. Yet, at the same time, there is evidence and urgency enough to focus on action. In that spirit, we should first be aware of the many practical solutions for food and nutrition security that are being implemented; and acknowledge that many of these already contribute to peace and stability.

The experience of the Netherlands can be a point in case here. The historic need in the Dutch polders to work together in water management, as well as in agriculture, led to a successful model of multi-stakeholder co-operation in the current Dutch water- and agrifood sectors. Rather than a concept, this is an action-driven approach, focused on resource management and co-operation in practice.

We believe, in all modesty, that this model has something to contribute in establishing stable, conflict-sensitive food systems, especially in situations of competing claims on natural resources; resources that are often already under pressure of over-use and climate change.

(The Netherlands efforts]

In line with SDG-2, the Netherlands efforts with regard to food and nutrition security focus on adequate nutrition for all, inclusive agricultural development and resilient food systems.

In implementation, a broad and integrated approach is taken. This implies linkages with many other SDGs, including SDG-16: peaceful and inclusive societies.

Regarding the latter, food and nutrition security is integral part of our cooperation aiming at peace, justice and the rule of law, like for example in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa. In New York the Netherlands is chairing the Group of Friends on Food and Nutrition security to support this important agenda.

[Planetary Security Conference]

In order to stimulate further thinking, exchange, cooperation and action on the nexus between global peace and security, natural resources management, climate change and development, the Netherlands will host the second international conference on Planetary Security in The Hague, the Netherlands, in the first week of December 2016.

Mr./Madame Chair,

Only through international cooperation, we can assure the combination of the world’s most basic needs: food and security. These needs are interlinked: without food security, there cannot be peace. To this end, the Kingdom of the Netherlands is committed to work with its partners worldwide for peace, justice, prosperity and development. 

Thank you.