FAO Position Paper - The World Humanitarian Summit

FAO Position Paper - The World Humanitarian Summit
May 2016

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a long and well-established history of working to eradicate hunger, improve agriculture and promote the sustainable use of natural resources, taking into account the various aspects of people’s livelihoods.

FAO priorities for the WHS and related commitments

Although FAO has both a stake and a role to play in the first two Core Responsibilities, FAO’s main objectives for the World Humanitarian Summit, and its commitments as an Organization to the Agenda for Humanity, largely fall under Core Responsibilities Three, Four and Five, and the related common core commitments:

  • Core Responsibility Three builds on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to prioritize the most vulnerable groups, with a significant emphasis on displacement and migration, strong attention to gender concerns and the protection of women and girls, and acknowledging the critical role for riskinformed and shock-responsive social protection systems.
  • Core Responsibility Four moves away from a supply-driven approach to delivering aid towards ending need based on shared outcomes, calling for a renewed approach that prioritizes prevention, preparedness and resilience building.
  • Core Responsibility Five is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the UNSG’s High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, and includes commitments related to the “Grand Bargain” proposed by the High Level Panel.

Based on its experience, capacities, strategic orientation and existing corporate targets2, this paper sets forth FAO’s priorities for the WHS. These commitments are framed around the Secretary-General’s report for the WHS, the five Core Responsibilities outlined in his Agenda for Humanity, and the common core commitments proposed against each of seven High-level Roundtables to be held during the WHS.

A number of commitments presented by FAO in this paper are already reflected in FAO’s Programme of Work and Budget for 2016‒2017, and others will inform the preparation of FAO’s next Medium-term Plan for the period 2018‒2022.