| CFS: 99/1
COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 31 May - 3 June 1999
Adoption of Agenda and Timetable
|(b)||Statement by the Director-General or his Representative|
|(c)||Membership of the Committee|
|II.||ASSESSMENT OF THE WORLD FOOD SECURITY SITUATION|
|III.||STANDING ITEM ON NUTRITION|
|IV.||REPORTING FORMAT FOR MONITORING PROGRESS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT PLAN OF ACTION|
|V.||BROADENED PARTICIPATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND OTHER PARTNERS IN THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY|
Arrangements for the Twenty-sixth Session
|(b)||Any Other Business|
|(c)||Report of the Session|
1. The Twenty-fifth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will open at 10:00 hours on Monday 31 May 1999 at FAO Headquarters. Provision has been made for the Session to continue up to 3 June 1999.
2. The Provisional Agenda for the Twenty-fifth Session has been prepared in consultation with the Chairman, taking into account the Committee's Terms of Reference, the Committee's recommendations at the previous sessions and the views of member countries.
3. The Session will be addressed by the Director-General or his Representative.
4. 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 a biennium. The Secretariat will circulate a list of members of the Committee for the biennium 1998-1999 at the opening of the Session.
5. Under this item the Committee will consider the current world food security situation, including trends and prospects. The format for the report will be modified somewhat from the one used in past years, in order to better respond to the needs of the post-Summit monitoring process, and take into account views expressed at earlier sessions of the CFS on this matter.
6. In addition to reviewing global food security indicators based on world market performance for basic staples during the current marketing year, the Committee will also consider trends in the performance of indicators in relation to access to food and the proportion of the undernourished. Information will also be provided on various topics of interest to the Committee, including impact of the Asian financial crisis on food security, food security situation of small-island developing states, and multi-functional character of agriculture. A report of recent developments in the work on FIVIMS to identify vulnerable groups, and indicators relevant for monitoring their food security status, will also be tabled.
7. The Standing Item on Nutrition was transferred from COAG to CFS by the FAO Conference in 1995, and the CFS, at its Twenty-fourth Session, agreed that a nutrition-related theme, related to implementation of Commitment II of the WFS Plan of Action should be taken up at its next session, with the precise topic to be determined under the guidance of the Bureau. Accordingly the CFS at its Twenty-fifth Session will consider a report on "Importance of Food Quality and Safety for Food and Nutrition Security in Developing Countries."
8. Under this item the Committee will review the reporting format proposed for monitoring progress in implementation of Commitments I, II, V and VII of the World Food Summit Plan of Action, which are to be taken up at the Committee's Twenty-sixth Session in the year 2000. A draft version of this reporting format will be circulated well in advance of the Twenty-fifth Session, so that member countries and observers will have ample time to study and comment upon it prior to the opening of the meeting. At the meeting itself, the Committee will be asked to approve the reporting format that is to be used for the monitoring process during the coming year.
9. Under this item the Committee will take up a discussion paper prepared at the request of CFS/24, describing various steps already taken or under active consideration by the Secretariat to facilitate broadened participation of civil society and other partners in the work of the Committee on World Food Security, and putting forward proposals for the Committee's consideration regarding ways in which this participation might be enhanced in the preparations for, and conduct of, the Committee's annual sessions. At the request of the Committee at its last session, this discussion paper will be circulated well in advance of the current session to enable governments to consult with civil society partners.
10. Under this item, the Committee will consider any matters that may require decision regarding the date and agenda for its next regular session, recalling that it had already decided at its Twenty-fourth Session to hold CFS meetings in even years after all Regional Conference Sessions had finished their work, so that contributions from regional debates could be incorporated in the CFS monitoring process. In this connection, the Committee will take up a proposal from the Bureau on the process to be followed in future years regarding the selection of thematic issues to be considered at future sessions, and decide on the thematic issue or issues to be taken up at the Twenty-sixth Session.
11. The Committee will submit a Report, including its Recommendations, to the FAO Council.