The event was held both in-person and through an online format, with proposals being put forward regarding the building of a more sustainable food security. This is in addition to prepared content of an agenda ahead of the 2021 UN Food System Summit which is scheduled to be held this September.
During her speech Vietnamese Chargé d'Affaires to Russia Nguyen Quynh Mai reiterated the urgent necessity of ensuring food security, outlining that food wastefulness may lead to a reduction in food supply and contribute to worsening hunger amid the global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
She went on to hail the role played by the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) in setting up the conditions for sustainable development moving into the post-Soviet era. Indeed, as a partner of the EAEU, the country has been able to enjoy economic growth and had always placed the upmost importance on ensuring food security, thereby raising the living standards of local people.
Speaking from Hanoi, Nguyen Phuong Nga, president of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, said against the backdrop of COVID-19, the nation values co-operation with the EAEU in ensuring food security as a means of offsetting and preventing global hunger.
The signing of the EAEU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement has therefore served to create a new momentum for development across all fields between all parties, she noted. During the course of the event, delegates discussed a range of measures aimed at achieving a safer and more equitable food system in Eurasia and Africa, agreeing that international co-operation will help countries to develop sustainably, as well as overcoming hunger and poverty. In response, Dr. Andrey Belyanov, general secretary of the APE, said he highly valued the participation of Vietnamese delegates in organising the workshop, along with the implementation of various initiatives and projects through the APE. He also expressed his confidence that there remains huge potential for broader co-operation between the APE and the nation moving forward.