Ukraine has joined the United Nations' Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has attended the 47th meeting of the Committee held on February 8, in Rome.
"Ukraine is already a guarantor of food security in many countries worldwide thanks to its traditionally strong food exports. Joining the UN Committee on World Food Security provides our country with additional opportunities to influence global food policy. Ukraine further strengthens its role as a guarantor of global food security," Kuleba said in the Ministry's statement.
The report explained that the Committee is an international intergovernmental platform for cooperation which reports to the UN General Assembly through the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Conference on Food and Agriculture (FAO).
The top diplomat reiterated that in the 2019-2020 marketing year, Ukraine toped the world's ranking of sunflower oil exporters, and became a runner-up in barley supplies, fourth in corn exports, and fifth in wheat shipments.
"The important role of our state was especially evident at the start of the pandemic, when global supply chains were disrupted. Ukraine continued to fulfil its obligations and significantly contributed to the food security of its partners, including in the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, and North Africa," he said.
Kuleba stressed that the guarantor role of World Food Security should never affect domestic food balance. Since experts say there is no threat to national food stocks, there is no risk to exports and domestic consumption.
The UN Committee on World Food Security was established in 1974. Its Secretariat is located at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.
The Committee discusses food security and nutrition issues at the global level. It develops guidelines and recommendations supervising countries in their work on food security and nutrition.