58 Contributing to the CFS monitoring mechanism

Experiences with the use of the VGGT, and the challenge for monitoring other CFS decisions 

Organizers: Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) Working Group on Monitoring


Implementation and Monitoring are fundamental for the reformed CFS and the impact of its decisions on Food Security and Nutrition. The approval of the Terms of Reference (ToR) to organize monitoring events on CFS decisions by CFS 43 as well as the decision to hold a Global Thematic Event on the use and application of VGGT mark the start of the long expected establishment of a CFS innovative monitoring mechanism. The working group on monitoring of the CSM welcomes this important development. The objectives of this side-event are to 1) briefly highlight key elements of the ToR and to encourage CFS members and participants to organize monitoring events in the future; 2) to enrich the discussions on VGGT by presenting key insights of an independent report on their use and application from the perspective of CSOs, particularly of the most marginalized constituencies; and 3) to explain the challenges ahead and how they might be overcome, regarding implementation and monitoring of other CFS decisions included in the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) or negotiated outcomes such the Framework for Action for Food Security in Protracted Crises.

Key speakers

Mr Serge Tomasi- Ambassador of France

Ms Rosana Miranda - Special Department of Family Farming and Agrarian Development, Brazil

Ms Heather Elaydi - The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

Ms Sofía Monsalve Suárez – FIAN International

Main themes/issues discussed
Key insights of the CSM report on the use and application of VGGT
Monitoring activities related to VGGT in Brazil and REAF/MERCOSUR
Importance of accountability, learning processes and to continue advancing the monitoring agenda of CFS
Activities to disseminate FFA and proposals on moving forward with its implementation

Summary of key points

Work jointly to improve the quality of spaces for policy dialogue on VGGT so that

  1. the active and effective participation of representatives of the most affected and marginalized rights-holders is prioritized;
  2. CSOs can organize autonomously in these spaces;
  3. the distinct roles of rights-holders and third parties (private sector, academia, international NGOs, UN agencies, religious institutions, etc.) are clearly defined and differentiated in these spaces, including a policy to address conflict of interests;
  4. they are geared towards outcomes to improve the tenure situation of the most affected and marginalized rights-holders.

Initiate an inclusive process in order to develop technical guides to assist governments on how to improve access to justice and the protection of human rights defenders in the context of governance of tenure. Commit to stop all forms of violence and repression against people defending their tenure and human rights.

Commitment to promote and organize national and regional monitoring events applying the Terms of Reference adopted by CFS 43.

Actively engage with the OEWG on monitoring in 2017 so that the process of establishing a CFS monitoring mechanism continuous advancing.

Further disseminate the FFA among the full range of interested users.
Integrate and mainstream across various UN specialized organizations the FFA . CFS also needs to ensure that the FFA is mainstreamed across other the CFS workstreams.

RBAs should engage and involve CSOs and communities living in crises in RBA activities around the FFA, including in the development of programs and outreach materials.

Conduct multi-actor workshops at the global, regional, and national levels to disseminate FFA and identify the specific roles and responsibilities of different actors in  implementing it. The West Asia region specifically and urgently needs an outreach event to disseminate the FFA among communities dealing with the numerous conflicts we are facing in countries like Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Yemen.

Develop an accessible reference manual, or peoples’ guide, to the FFA.
Monitor progress of the implementation of the FFA. This could include the creation of a multi-actor monitoring committee with the aim of receiving, compiling, and synthesizing feedback, field reports, and case studies relevant to the progress of the FFA implementation, and preparing and disseminating an annual report on the use and effectiveness of the guidelines, as well as compiling lessons learnt for future reference.