Spotlight on The Right to Food

Population growth world wide is projected to increase by 3 billion between 2010 and 2050. As more people migrate into urban centers, access to food will become more critical to sustaining diverse livelihoods. How should the international community prioritize solutions to food security?

The Hague Institute will coordinate an agenda to explore the role of cities with regards to the Right to Food.  This initiative, in partnership with the City of The Hague, follows a successful event in Milan, Italy which explored the challenges facing global hunger and access to food.

Below is an overview which concerns The Hague Institute’s work examining the relationship between food security and international peace and justice.

Listen to former U.S. Secretary of State and Hague Institute Chair Madeleine K. Albright discuss the importance of food security below, followed by Mayor Jozias van Aartsen of The Hague and a number of other leading experts in the field. The City of The Hague is playing an important role in the advancement of the Right to Food framework.


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News and Commentary

The Right to Food: International Peace and Justice and the Role of Cities | 24 September 2015
The Hague Institute convened a roundtable dialogue in Milan on ‘The Right to Food’, in partnership with the City of The Hague, as part of the Milan Expo 2015. The aim of this high-level event is to determine whether a concrete agenda can be developed for realizing the Right to Food in the context of international peace and justice, with a special focus on the role of cities. The dialogue, which was chaired by Dr. Abi Williams, consisted of presentations from leading experts and discussion with more than 30 participants, with input from recorded interviews with 15 senior political leaders and policy makers from the Netherlands and abroad.

Starvation in North Korea: A Case of “Supreme” Responsibility? | 17 March 2014
The 2014 report published by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea concluded an investigation into systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in North Korea. One particular focus of the report was on violations of the right to food and starvation. Jill Coster van Voorhout’s commentary discusses the report’s findings and poses a number of questions for the international community in addressing violations of human rights in North Korea.

Advancing the Right to Food: A Model to Emulate? | 05 November 2013
In this commentary, Georgios Kostakos analyzes how the right to food framework as it has developed in recent years offers a model for encouraging the advancement of emerging sustainable development goals. By encouraging civil society participation, enshrining rights in national legislation, as well as through pro-active compliance mechanisms and a holistic governmental approach to realization of rights, these rights can guarantee increased resilience and sustainability of communities on various scales.

Publications

Equitable Distribution of Natural Resources
Policy Brief 3 | July 2013
The Hague Institute for Global Justice convened a roundtable on the equitable distribution of natural resources with a select group of experts on 10 June 2013 in The Hague. The motivation was to understand how to prevent conflict over natural resources, which are becoming increasingly scarce as populations grow, standards of living improve, and environmental challenges, including climate change, become more acute.

Convening Expertise

The Hague Dialogue ‘The Right to Food: International Peace and Justice and the Role of Cities’ | Milan, Italy – 24 September 2015
On 24 September the City of The Hague and The Hague Institute for Global Justice organized a roundtable, The Hague Dialogue ‘The Right to Food: International Peace and Justice and the Role of Cities’. The aim of this roundtable was to determine whether a concrete agenda can be developed for realizing the Right to Food in the context of international peace and justice, with a special focus on the role of cities.

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