Norway has been elected as a member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and 2022. They want to use the experience of decades of working for peace and reconciliation to be a bridge-builder and seek solutions to the challenging conflicts that come before the Security Council. International law and human rights will be the basis for Norway’s work.
Norway wants to make a difference as a member of the UN Security Council by using its peace diplomacy experience to strengthen the Security Council’s work to resolve and prevent conflicts. Norway will work to protect civilians, ensure women’s participation and rights in peace processes and address security challenges posed by climate change.
To reach zero hunger
Norway also wants to use the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit – and the process leading up to it – to provide the opportunity of the decade to reach zero hunger and to sow the seeds of change – literally.
State Secretary Aksel Jakobsen finds the situation as dramatic as it is unacceptable. He writes:
Our acts must be based on facts – on science.
Science and new insights have always been the platform of human progress – be it inventing the wheel, inventing the heavy plough, rotating crops or improving seeds.
Sometimes – new discoveries have been based on decades of meticulous research.
At other times on open-minded and hard-working farmers simply realizing that the seeds the wind brought them yielded more food than the crops they had been used to.
So – let’s remember that the 500 million small-scale farmers around the world are not only vulnerable – but also resourceful change-agents.
I am encouraged to see growing political will to take action on hunger – not least manifested by the G20 Matera Declaration.
In order to reduce hunger – sufficient food needs to be produced locally – and to be available locally.
From a nutritional perspective – it must be healthy and diverse.
From a consumer perspective – it should be affordable – and tasty.
We need to put farmers’ and indigenous peoples first – both in access to crop diversity and in seed policy and practise.
That is why Norway has proposed a game-changing solution based on a systemic change – we need to ensure seed security for smallholder farmers.
We need climate resilient crops – worldwide!
In our solution – we propose that farmers and local communities are included in deciding which crops they use – adapted to their local and cultural settings.
Policy and regulations must provide farmers with the legal space to save, use, sell and exchange seeds from their harvest.
By providing legal space – and empowering local communities by strengthening farmers’ seed systems – we are investing in a true path towards ending hunger.
We hope for broad support for this solution which we believe will help reduce hunger locally.
Generally we all should come to recognise we can not keep playing with our food. We have to be very careful how we want to make climate-proof food without endangering ourselves or making us weaker. The State Secretary may be considering it a changing the game, but the whole world should know the playtime is over and we should come to or face the serious business. It may now be required from us that we make better use of a food treasury whose potential is even more untapped than the fields and gardens of the world: the ocean. But of that ocean, we have made a bin full of plastic and chemical waste.
Today, only 2-5 percent of global food consumption is seafood.
Norway has proven for centuries that they can harvest the riches of the sea without reducing their value – and they want to use their competence and experience to make a difference also for others.
It is the secretary his firm belief that food from ocean, rivers and lakes will play a key role in ending hunger. However, in order to obtain sufficient food from the seas, efforts will have to be made to combat overfishing and to achieve a proper balance to properly demarcate the fishing grounds and to keep the seaweeds and aquatic plants pure for consumption.