Theme 1: Challenges and Opportunities
In September 2011, the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations submitted a policy statement to the UN General Assembly, addressing global policy around food and hunger issues, and highlighting the key areas that need attention. While the statement was published in 2011, these issues are relevant and need to be addressed in the post-2015 agenda. The fourteen points raised in the statement were the following:
1. Ecological Approaches to Food Production
2. The false promises of the “New Green Revolution” & Agro-Industrial Ideologies
3. Local Food Production and Food Sovereignty
4. Global Food Governance & the Committee on World Food Security
5. Land Rights and Land-Grabbing
6. Financial Speculation in food commodities markets
7. The impact of biofuels on food availability
9. Soil Protection
10. Responsible investment in agriculture
11. Agricultural Families and Agricultural Labor
12. Nutrition & Food Quality
13. Other Issues (use of pesticides, ‘western’ diets, biodiversity, over-fishing etc.)
14. Food Enough for All Please find the full statement as an attachment.
The NGO Working Group on Food & Hunger was founded in December 2008 to coordinate NGO advocacy at the United Nations in New York on issues of hunger, malnutrition, agriculture and food production, and related matters. Spurred by the food crisis of 2008, the Working Group promotes better understanding and more effective action on these issues at UN headquarters. The Working Group brings together a number of NGO participants in New York, as well as corresponding participants from other worldwide locations. The Working Group maintains contact with civil society work at the Committee on Food Security in Rome.
For more information about the Working Group, please visit http://www.globalpolicy.org/social-and-economic-policy/world-hunger/ngo-working-group-on-food-a-hunger.html.
Global Policy Forum
777 UN Plaza, 3D
New York, NY 10017
+1 212 557 3161
This thematic discussion was led by FAO and WFP in collaboration with “The World We Want”.
The consultation was facilitated by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)