A Virtual Summit/ Workshop of the High Level Parliamentary, hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, on Food Systems, to build understanding of food systems specifically on health and climate change as linchpin issues cutting across food systems, and to take forward recommendations of the Summit, was held.
In the meeting particular attention was given to mainstream equity in vulnerable and marginalized groups, in the context of the COVID -19 Pandemic. The meeting highlighted, how addressing food systems failures, can support post-COVID-19 recovery and strengthen resilience of societies and economies.
Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research, represented Pakistan in the IPU- Assembly meeting. Senator Hussain Shah gave a word of appreciation for the IPU to conduct this meeting during the Pandemic Covid-19.
He emphasized that Pakistan is also out of those countries which has suffered due to the climate change and efforts are being made according to the guidelines laid by the United Nations, especially the Government Billion Tree Program which is highly appreciated at Global Level and have a positive impact on the climate change.
Hussain Shah said that Pakistan is also taking steps to improve the food system. He stated that due to the climate change different countries are facing water shortage including Pakistan. Glaciers are melting, causing water defects, he further added.
Senator Muzafar Hussain shah, while addressing the conference, laid emphasis on the role of Parliaments to propose a plan, on the use of innovative scientific technology to improve food production. He urged that the expertise should propose a plan to meet the challenges confronting the Covid-19, regarding the issue of nutritional quality of food.
The meeting identified the Parliamentary action, to ensure the production processing, distribution and consumption of the food responding to health, equity, and sustain ability imperatives. It also focused especially on health and climate change as linchpin issues cutting food systems while paying particular attention to vulnerable and marginalized groups and mainstreaming equity perspective, throughout the discussion.