Possible Negative Effects of the Reform Programme on Least Developed and Net Foodimporting Countries, adopted on 15 April 1994,
Reaffirming the concrete recommendations contained in the Voluntary Guidelines to
support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national
food security, adopted by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations in November 2004,
Bearing in mind paragraph 6 of General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March
Reaffirming that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and
interrelated, and that they must be treated globally, in a fair and equal manner, on the same
footing and with the same emphasis,
Reaffirming also that a peaceful, stable and enabling political, social and economic
environment, at both the national and the international levels, is the essential foundation
that will enable States to give adequate priority to food security and poverty eradication,
Reiterating, as in the Rome Declaration on World Food Security and the Declaration
of the World Food Summit: five years later, that food should not be used as an instrument
of political or economic pressure, and reaffirming in this regard the importance of
international cooperation and solidarity, as well as the necessity of refraining from
unilateral measures that are not in accordance with international law and the Charter of the
United Nations and that endanger food security,
Convinced that each State should adopt a strategy consistent with its resources and
capacities to achieve its individual goals in implementing the recommendations contained
in the Rome Declaration on World Food Security and the World Food Summit Plan of
Action and, at the same time, cooperate regionally and internationally in order to organize
collective solutions to global issues of food security in a world of increasingly interlinked
institutions, societies and economies where coordinated efforts and shared responsibilities
are essential,
Recognizing that, despite the efforts made, the problems of hunger and food
insecurity have a global dimension and that there has been insufficient progress made on
reducing hunger, and that they could increase dramatically in some regions unless urgent,
determined and concerted action is taken,
Concerned by the fact that the effects of the world food crisis are not over and that
they continue to have serious consequences on the most vulnerable people, particularly in
developing countries, which have been further aggravated by the world economic and
financial crisis,
Convinced that the elimination of the current distortions in the agricultural trading
system will allow local producers and poor farmers to compete and sell their products,
thereby facilitating the realization of the right to adequate food,
Noting that environmental degradation, desertification and global climate change are
factors contributing to destitution and desperation and have a negative impact on the
realization of the right to food, in particular in developing countries,
Expressing its deep concern at the number and scale of natural disasters, diseases
and pests and their increasing impact in recent years, which have resulted in massive loss of
life and livelihood and threatened agricultural production and food security, in particular in
developing countries,


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