FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Meeting to review responsible governance of tenure in Europe, Central Asia

A regional dialogue on responsible governance of tenure in Europe and Central Asia will take place in Antalya, Turkey in early May, hosted by the Committee on World Food Security. Representatives of civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, international agricultural research bodies and others will take part in the discussion.

The Committee on World Food Security, or CFS, is the foremost intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder body in the United Nations that agrees on food security and nutrition policy guidance.

In 2012, the Committee endorsed “Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security” whose purpose is to serve as a reference and provide guidance for improving the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests – with the overarching goal of achieving food security. The Voluntary Guidelines provide a framework that countries can use when developing their own strategies, policies, legislation, programmes and activities.

The regional multi-stakeholder dialogue in Antalya will be an exchange on application of the Voluntary Guidelines in the Europe and Central Asia region. Countries, civil society and others will share their experience in applying the Voluntary Guidelines, and summarize the lessons they have learned. Results will be conveyed to the Committee on World Food Security when it meets in October 2016.

“The CFS inclusive model, which puts around the same table civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, agricultural research institutions and others, ensures that the voices of all those concerned are heard,” said Deborah Fulton, CFS Secretary..

The event, set for the afternoon of 3 May, immediately precedes the FAO Regional Conference for Europe and other related events.

22 April 2016, Budapest, Hungary