Today, the second committee session in The Montreal United Nations Conference took place. The World Food Programme was working on two different resolutions, one led by China and the other by mostly European Union countries. CNN talked with the delegate of Hungary—partnered with Mexico, Finland, Norway, the Russian Federation, and Saudi Arabia—about their proposal.
What do you think we should do to resolve the food problem in the world? What is your resolution going to be about?
“So far, what we want to impose is to help economic factors to help countries have their own independence, which leads also to environmental independence. We are working in accord with the second sustainable development goal of Zero Hunger in 2030. That is why we would like to impose some laws to help individuals reach their goals.”
You want to impose laws to countries?
“Not laws but propositions to help them. For instance, we would like to invest more to help countries invest in agriculture, having access to water, etc. [...] What we want is for everyone to have food, that is the goal.”
When you look at China’s plan to help the countries being more self sufficient, do you agree with that?
“China has a good opinion, they want to help, but what China is doing right now is cutting on the food supply that some individuals need right now and just helping them economically and he doesn’t think about individuals personal needs.”
You think what he proposes does not fit every country?
“Yes, because some countries, for example, do not have an income like China does. It is good to have self-sustainability, but they are able to do that because they have an income, not every country can. For instance, small countries in Africa do not have an income high enough to be able to invest in infrastructures.”
You believe some countries will never be able to be self sustainable?
“Not can’t, but they need a lot of help to reach that goal, and what China is trying to do is to just give it all at one and then leave them. What we want to do is to help them slowly so they countries do not feel left alone.”
You think by giving them help year by year, they should be self sufficient by 2030?
China’s goal is also self-sufficiency, so what you suggest is to be give help more slowly that what China propose?
“Yes. China looks at the issue with it’s own mentality, and we, the European countries and others collaborates, are really working more in group, and not with one individual imposing their ideas.”
-CNN, Jamila Baldé