13 Increasing the impact of CFS products through national multistakeholder committees

Role and experience of national multistakeholder committees in awareness raising and supporting the implementation of CFS products, especially in the context of Agenda 2030

Organizers: Switzerland: Swiss National Committee for FAO; Brazil


National multistakeholder committees, platforms and initiatives, as national “mirrors” of CFS, have a critical role to play in supporting, including through CFS products, the domestic implementation of Agenda 2030 goals and targets relevant to food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. The objectives of the side event are to discuss the roles of national multistakeholder committees while sharing the experiences of Brazil, Switzerland and Sweden, and to highlight the importance of these platforms for the achievement of national goals and the SDGs related to food security and nutrition.

Key speakers

  • David Nabarro, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change (keynote speech)
  • Mrs Elisabeth Backteman, State Secretary, Chair of Swedish FAO National Committee (panel)
  • Mrs Elisabetta Recine, Member of the Brazilian National Committee on Food Security (panel)
  • Mrs Sylvie Aubert, President of Swiss National FAO Committee (panel)
  • Ambassador Manuel Amante da Rosa, Permanent Representative of Cape Verde (panel)
  • Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha (opening remarks)
  • Ambassador Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, Chair of CFS (closing remarks)
  • Ambassador Francois Pythoud, Permanent Representative of Switzerland (moderator)

Main themes/issues discussed

The 4 panelists shared their views on how National multistakeholder committees could act as sounding boards of CFS and play a decisive role to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 goals and targets relevant to food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture at national level. Ideas on how such National multistakeholder committees could foster the promotion and use of CFS products and policy recommendations were as well exchanged between panelists. Furthermore, panelists agreed that such National Committees have the potential to become important elements of CFS monitoring strategy. 

Finally a large part of the event could be devoted to an interactive discussion between the panel and the public assisting to the side-event. The different roles of key actors, in particular farmers, were actively discussed and it was mentioned that such National Committees were contributing to place food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture higher on the agenda.

Summary of key points

The panelists discussed about the 2 ways processes played by such national committees: 

Platform for dialogue to develop a common understanding at national level and then translate it at international level through an integrated approach, 

Translate and implement international decisions and products (such as CFS products) at national level. Participants agreed that there are currently great opportunities to develop this aspect among national committees.  

Key outcomes/take away messages

The framework of the Agenda 2030 and SDGs represent a key entry point to bridge the gap between International and National issues in Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture area.

National Committees could bring attention to new concerns both on the national and international level, as they include various stakeholder integrated in different sectors of the society.

Farmers have a key role to play in such committees and should be represented in an effective way.

Recognition of the value of having such informal exchange between National multistakeholder committees (NMC) within the CFS

Consider the possibility to organize a special event at CFS 44 with larger participation of representatives of National multisatkeholder Committees to focus on their role in relation with  monitoring of implementation of CFS prodcuts at national level