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21 JULY 2008
RP ENDORSES UN ACTION PLAN ON GLOBAL FOOD & ENERGY CRISIS
NEW YORK—The Philippines has joined calls for the United Nations General Assembly to endorse the Comprehensive Framework for Action on the Global Food and Energy Crisis before its current session ends in September.
"Today, the General Assembly can literally make a world of difference in this most pressing issue of global food and energy crisis," Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative, said in the statement he delivered during the Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Global Food and Energy Crisis held on Friday, 18 July.
"By endorsing this Comprehensive Framework for Action and implementing the proposals contained therein, the General Assembly, as the largest legislative body in the world, will be able to provide a coherent and coordinated response to the immediate needs of the many millions adversely affected by high food and energy prices," Ambassador Davide said. "More importantly, the General Assembly will lay the foundation for continued stable and rational markets in the food and energy sectors."
The Comprehensive Framework for Action was recently finalized by the High Level Task Force on the Global Food Crisis established and chaired by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and composed of the heads of the UN specialized agencies, funds, and programs; the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization; and relevant parts of the UN Secretariat.
The Comprehensive Framework for Action is intended to promote a coordinated response among agencies, national governments, donors, civil society and the private sector to the global food crisis and develop a plan of action.
It describes actions to be taken urgently to meet immediate needs and to contribute to sustainable food security. It is intended to be a guide for global and national actors, both institutions and governments, and a catalyst for action that needs to start now.
"The decision must be made now," Ambassador Davide said. "The Philippines joins the rest of this august body in making that decision today or, at the latest, at any time during the 62nd Session of the General Assembly."
In his statement, Ambassador Davide also cited the recommendations of the Philippines to address the food crisis, particularly the creation of a global grains reserve to protect both importing and exporting countries from sharply fluctuating prices. He said the Philippines has also embarked on a biofuels program using non-food sources and has called for increased funding for global research and development, particularly for the International Rice Research Institute. ###
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