SE113 LAUNCH "Fifteen years implementing the Right to Food Guidelines - Reviewing progress to achieve the 2030 Agenda"

Organizers

  • Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
  • FAO

CFS still constitutes today, to be the foremost inclusive multi-stakeholder platform where progress on the right to adequate food can not only be discussed but also ensured and provides the perfect platform to promote a dialogue aiming at renewing commitment on its overarching goal. This year CFS celebrates 10 years since its reform in 2009 and 45 years since its founding in 1974. But 2019 also marks the 15 years of implementation of FAO Council-adopted Right to Food Guidelines.

To mark these anniversaries, FAO through the support of the Government of Spain, has prepared a review to bring about lessons learned and good practices from the last 15 years implementing the Right to Food Guidelines.

Stories have been gathered from all corners of the world and not limited to country experiences but looking beyond, including at how regional organizations, academia, movements, groups, peoples, and institutions have been catalyst to the enjoyment of the right to adequate food for all.

Additionally, this review recalls that, rather than marking an end point, the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines has proved to be a moment of transition and evolution, embodying the energy, momentum and commitment that existed at that time and have spearheaded the adoption and endorsement of a number of international tools and instruments. Finally, the publication concludes by showing how the Right to Food Guidelines have an important role to play in today's global agenda, busy accelerating progress towards the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. It identifies a number of well-known challenges which, unless addressed through a truly human rights-based approach, it will be difficult to overcome.

The event will be moderated by high-level management at FAO, and will invite three speakers to give brief remarks namely: High-level officer from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Ms. Hilal Elver; and the Chair of CFS Mr. Mario Arvelo.

Key speakers/presenters

Moderator

  • Mr. Máximo Torero, Assistant-Director General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO

Panelists

  • Mr. Gabriel Ferrero, Director General for Sustainable Development Cooperation Policies, Government of Spain
  • Mrs. Wenche Barth Eide, Emerita, Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo
  • Mrs. Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Main themes/issues discussed

This year, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) celebrated ten years since its reform in 2009 and 45 years since its founding in 1974. But 2019 also marks the 15 years of implementing the Right to Food Guidelines, adopted by the FAO Council.
On occasion of these anniversaries, FAO, through the support of the Government of Spain, has prepared a publication which brings lessons and good practices that have taken place all over the world in the last decade and a half towards the realization of the right to adequate food.
The review recalls that, rather than marking an end point, the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines has proved to be a moment of transition and evolution, embodying the commitment that existed at that time. Indeed, it has spearheaded the adoption and endorsement of a number of international tools and instruments.
Additionally, the publication identifies a number of well-known global challenges which, unless addressed through a human rights-based approach, will be difficult to overcome. Finally, it shows how the Right to Food Guidelines have an important role to play in accelerating progress to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Summary of key points

The Right to Food Guidelines have greatly influenced the global agenda to end hunger and malnutrition over the past 15 years and are still relevant to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They have called to shift from business as usual and focus policies on the most vulnerable guaranteeing services and human rights to everybody, such as health or social protection.

“Hunger will not be solved unless leaving no one behind ceases to be just a motto. These Guidelines […] have guided us over the years to put in place better economic and social policies that are truly people-centric and look at how to sustainably safeguard food security and nutrition” Máximo Torero FAO ES ADG.

“The Right to Food Guidelines were ahead of their time, embedding an array of issues interconnected. When we talk about the […] the human right to adequate food, we are also referring to emergencies on climate change, land, biodiversity, oceans and inequalities.” Gabriel Ferrero, Government of Spain.

“CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (October 2020) should draw more heavily on the Right to Food Guidelines and the experience of the last 15 years.” Wenche Barth Eide, University of Oslo.

“As government and people change, countries have to adopt [the RTFG] according to their own needs. The flexibility given by these Guidelines is among the most powerful features together with their contemporaneity and adaptability.” Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Key take away messages

These policy messages can help guide our future actions:

  • Evidence-based analysis, information and monitoring are necessary for increased accountability to progressively realize the right to adequate food and achieve the SDGs.
  • Knowledge and access to information empower rights-holders to enjoy the whole extent of the right to adequately feed themselves in dignity.
  • There is a need for multistakeholder efforts counting on all partners to fully implement the 2030 Agenda.
  • The Right to Food Guidelines promote policy coherence to achieve the SDGs.
  • Vulnerabilities are evolving in a changing world and efforts need to meet and address those changes.
  • The right to development is a common vector to achieve an adequate standard of living for all.
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