COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 20-23 September 2004
PROVISIONAL AGENDA AND AGENDA NOTES
1. The Thirtieth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will open at 10.00 hours on Monday 20 September 2004 at FAO Headquarters. Provision has been made for the Session to continue up to Thursday 23 September 2004.
2. In accordance with the rules of Procedure, the Committee will elect a Chairperson and four Vice-Chairpersons from amongst the representatives of its members. The officers will remain in office for a biennium. The outgoing Chairperson is Mr Adisak Sreesunpagit (Thailand) and the outgoing Vice-Chairpersons are Mr. Nehad Abdel Latif (Egypt), Mr. Michel Thibier (France), Mr. Kyeong Kyu Kim (Republic of Korea), and Mr. Masiphula Mbongwa (South Africa).
3. The Provisional Agenda for the Thirtieth Session has been prepared in consultation with the Chairperson, taking into account the Committee's Terms of Reference, the Committee's recommendations at the previous Sessions and the views of member countries. Account has also been taken of the proposal submitted by Brazil regarding a special forum for the assessment and review of progress in the implementation of the World Food Summit Plan of Action.
4. The Director-General or his Representative will address the Session.
5. The Honourable Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand will deliver the keynote address.
6. Professor Norman Borlaug, Nobel laureate, will deliver the Second CFS Distinguished Lecture on Food Security
7. The Committee is open to all Member Nations of the Organization and all states, which are members of the United Nations. It is composed of those states, which notify the Director-General in writing of their desire to become members of the Committee, and of their intention to participate in its work. Membership is for the biennium. The Secretariat will circulate a list of members of the Committee for the biennium 2004-2005 at the opening of the Session.
8. Under this item the Committee will consider the current world food security situation, including trends and prospects. The report will review the main dimensions of global food security – availability, access and stability.
9. The Committee will consider the Secretariat's synthesis of the reports on the implementation of the World Food Summit, submitted by countries and organizations.
10. The Council, at its Hundred and Twenty-fifth Session, held in Rome from 26 to 28 November 2003, approved the provisional use of the revised format, with appropriate changes to reflect the suggestions made by Members at this Session, for reporting on all seven commitments in 2004. It also recommended a more detailed discussion and review of the format at the next Session of the CFS. At this forthcoming Session, the Committee will consider the most appropriate reporting format and arrangements for successive years.
11. Objective 7.3(g) stresses the need to “encourage the effective participation of relevant actors of civil society in the CFS monitoring process, recognizing their critical role in enhancing food security”. Objective 7.3(h) urges “governments, in partnership with all actors of civil society, in coordination with relevant international institutions and, in conformity with ECOSOC Resolution 1996/36 on the follow-up to the major international UN conferences and summits” to “undertake by 2006, in the CFS and within available resources, a major broad-based progress assessment of the implementation of the World Food Summit Plan of Action and mid-term review of achieving the target of reducing the number of undernourished people to half their present level no later than 2015. This progress assessment and review should be in the context of a special forum of a regular session of the CFS and involve active participation from governments, relevant international organizations and actors of civil society”.
12. The Committee will consider the proposal submitted by the Government of Brazil, as contained in document CFS:2004/5 Sup.1
13. At the Hundred and Twenty-third Session of the FAO Council held in Rome from 28 October to 2 November 2003, it was decided that the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Food would report to the CFS at the regular sessions in May 2003 and September 2004 (CL 123/REP/13 para. 10). Accordingly, the Committee will consider the Final Report of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Elaboration of Voluntary Guidelines for the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security (CFS:2004/6).
14. The Committee, at its Twenty-ninth Session, agreed to have a standing item on the International Alliance Against Hunger in all its future sessions. Accordingly, the Committee will consider developments and progress in the International Alliance Against Hunger under this item.
15. Under this item, the Committee will consider matters that may require decision regarding the date and agenda for its next Session. According to its Terms of Reference, the Committee should normally hold two Sessions during each biennium, and if required may hold additional Sessions during the biennium on the call of the Director-General in consultation with its Chairman, or on request submitted in writing to the Director-General by the majority of the members of the Committee.
16. The Committee, in line with its Terms of Reference, will submit a Report, including its recommendations, to the Council.
1 A seminar on Actions and Initiatives for Food Security will be held on 23 September. As was the practice at previous Informal Panel sessions, no official record will be kept of the proceedings.