Indonesia: UN expert launches mission to assess the enjoyment of the right to food

General Press Releases Thursday April 5, 2018 13:22
Bangkok--5 Apr--OHCHR-Bangkok

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, will visit Indonesia from 9 to 18 April 2018 to gather first-hand information on the country's food and agriculture policies that affects peoples' livelihoods.

"I look forward to the opportunity to assess the enjoyment of the right to food in Indonesia including its good practices and challenges," the Special Rapporteur said.

"I intend to focus on the efforts made by the Government in increasing food security and reducing malnutrition as well as the impact of business activities on the right to food while paying extra attention to the situation of women, children and populations living in rural areas and remote places," Ms. Elver added.

The Special Rapporteur said that the objective of her visit was to engage in a constructive dialogue with relevant stakeholders, to identify improvements as well as challenges and suggest recommendations to the Government and others.

During her mission, Ms. Elver will meet with government officials, the national human rights commission, civil society organisations, actors from the private sector and other relevant stakeholders both in Jakarta and outside the capital.

At the end of her visit, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference to share the preliminary findings of her visit at 11:30 local time on Wednesday 18 April 2018, at at 11:30 local time on Wednesday 18 April 2018, at Papua Room 7th Floor, Menara Thamrin Building, Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 3, Jakarta 10250. Access is strictly limited to journalists.

The Special Rapporteur's observations and recommendations will be reflected in a report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2019.

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