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UNGA adopts India-sponsored resolution declaring 2023 as International Year of Millets

The 193-member UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution sponsored by India and supported by over 70 nations declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets.

“Delighted that Indian sponsored @UN resolution on ‘International Year of Millets 2023’ was adopted by consensus in #UNGA this morning. Big step to promote nutritional and ecological benefits of #millets to the world as a key component of food basket and effect policy changes,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted Wednesday.

Tirumurti additionally expressed gratitude to all co-sponsors of the resolution, particularly Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal, “and all Member States of @UN for their strong support!”

The unanimously adopted resolution, initiated by India, was co-sponsored by over 70 international locations.

India’s Permanent Mission to the UN additionally distributed savory millet snack “murukku” to all UN Member States.

The resolution declares the 12 months 2023 as the International Year of Millets and invitations all Member States, the UN and different world organisations to look at the International Year via actions “aimed at raising awareness of and directing policy attention to the nutritional and health benefits of millet consumption and their suitability for cultivation under adverse and changing climatic conditions, while also directing policy attention to improving value chain efficiencies.”

The resolution considers the “urgent need to raise awareness of the climate-resilient and nutritional benefits of millets and to advocate for diversified, balanced and healthy diets through the increased sustainable production and consumption of millets.”

It additionally recognises the huge “genetic diversity” of millets and their adaptive capacities to a spread of manufacturing environments.

In April 2016, the UN General Assembly had proclaimed the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition from 2016 to 2025, recognising the necessity to eradicate starvation and forestall all types of malnutrition worldwide.

The Decade of Action on Nutrition gives an “umbrella for a wide group of actors to work together to address these and other pressing nutrition issues.”

Recalling this, the UNGA resolution on International Year of Millets underscores “the need to promote sustainable food systems that foster diversified, balanced and healthy diets that include a variety of foods.”

The resolution invitations the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN to facilitate the implementation of the International Year.

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