Pakistan will make this statement on behalf of OIC member states.
We take note of the comprehensive reports of both the Special Rapporteurs.
We believe that the environment plays a significant role in the attainment of human rights including fundamental elements of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health the right to safe drinking water and food. Therefore, protection and preservation of environment being the third pillar of the sustainable development cannot be over emphasized.
The necessity of bio-diversity for ensuring mental and physical health for all is very important. It provides livelihood and basic necessities to the population. At the same time, we need to realise that developing countries which host majority of the world population, need to follow their developmental objectives in order to feed their citizens and fulfil basic human rights.
SDGs provide us with golden opportunity to follow human rights based approach towards development. The international organizations should engage in provision of financial, technical and technological support and technology transfer by developed countries to their developing counterparts in order to protect the eco-system, hire environment friendly technologies and fulfil human rights obligations while implementing sustainable alternative solutions with regard their development schemes.
Considering that Climate Change and natural disasters would have bearing on the efforts towards achieving our objectives, the principles agreed upon in the Paris agreement on Climate Change especially the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities must be taken into account at all times.
We take note of the harmful effects of the hazardous pesticides as indicated by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food in his report. Moreover, the dust storms as a consequence of climate change are not only polluting the vital air for respiration of the citizens but also polluting the potable water and other nutrition resources which needs to be immediately addressed through international and regional cooperation.
Food security remains a challenge in the developing world where the farmers lack necessary modern technology including genetically modified disease resistant seeds, mechanized equipment and finances to use inexpensive alternative protection techniques.
The negative effects of such pesticides need to be addressed by each state by devising necessary regulatory framework and setting up benchmarks and labelling mechanisms.
A holistic approach towards right to food that ensures both quantity as well as quality needs to be followed. Considering that Climate Change has deep impact on the changing patterns of risks to agriculture, it is important for the developed countries to step up their support both in mitigation as well as adaptation spheres to help the developing countries achieve food security.
We would like to ask both Special Rapporteurs about the role of development based approach and any concrete measures through which financial, technical and technological support can be provided to developing countries to achieve right to food and sustainable environment.
I thank you.