Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Working Space

Food Systems and Nutrition Workstream

Chair: Ms Liliane Ortega, Senior Policy Specialist (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland)

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Zero Draft

Zero Draft of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Security and Nutrition (English)

Preparation of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

OEWG Meeting

30 May 2019: 9.30 - 12.30 and 14:00 - 15:00, Red Room, FAO

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Morning session:
Afternoon session:

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and get inputs on the Zero Draft that will feed the preparation of the First Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines, expected to be finalized by the end of 2019.


Comments on the zero draft:

Argentina; Canada; Ecuador; FAO; FAO_bis; FAO_ter; France; France_bis; Germany; Hungary; Indonesia; ItalyMexico; Norway; PSM; PSM_bis; Switzerland; United Kingdom; UNSR_Right_to_Food; WHO.


OEWG Meeting

8 March 2019: 14:00 - 17:00, Green Room, FAO

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The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and to get specific feedback and suggestions on how to improve the Preliminary version of the Zero Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.


Comments on the Zero Draft:

Argentina; Brazil; Burkina Faso; Canada; Costa Rica; CSMCuba; EU;FAO; France; Germany; Hungary; IDLO; IFAD; Italy; Mexico; Netherlands; Norway; OHCHR; PSM; RtF Rapporteur; Russia; SUN Movement; Sweden; Switzerland; UN Network; United States; United Kingdom; University Wollongong; UNSCN; WFO; WFP; WHO


Open Meeting on Food Systems

30 January 2019: 9.30-12.30, Green Room, FAO


The meeting is intended to provide a space for an open discussion among CFS stakeholders on the different elements of the HLPE report on Nutrition and Food Systems.

Background documents and information

The Committee in 2017 decided to embark on a multistakeholder policy convergence process which is intended to lead to the development of Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition to be finalized by October 2020.

The Terms of Reference endorsed by the CFS Plenary in 2018 and the CFS Strategy on Nutrition, endorsed in 2016, represent important references for the policy process.

The policy convergence process is supported by the scientific evidence provided by the HLPE Report on Nutrition and Food which was launched in 2017.

The Voluntary Guidelines will be the result of an inclusive consultative process. Five regional consultations will take place between June and October 2019 to get inputs, comments and suggestions on how to best align the guidelines with regional and national priorities and needs. An e-consultation will also take place in 2019 as an additional entry point for interested stakeholders.

A working document - Elements Paper – has been prepared and is regularly updated by the Secretariat, highlighting a number of issues that might be considered and discussed in the course of the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines.

  •  Elements Paper - CFS stakeholders are invited to provide their inputs and suggestions on additional policy relevant areas - following the proposed format - that they want to be considered and discussed

A living document presenting references to existing relevant international guidance as well as to technical documents concerning food systems and nutrition has also been prepared to support the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines.