International Food Security Treaty Gaining Traction
The International Food Security Treaty (IFST) initative continues to gain traction in the global communities of experts in international law, human rights, the United Nations, and religious and political leaders. The IFST aims to place the human right of freedom from hunger under the protection of enforceable international law.
The draft treaty and endorsements of the IFST from Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, former UN Under-Secretary General Maurice Strong, former US Asst. Secretary of State for Human Rights John Shattuck, Physicians for Human Rights Executive Director Leonard Rubenstein, US Senator Dianne Feinstein, and many others may be found at www.treaty.org.
The capacity of a fully adopted and implmented IFST to aid the work of existing anti-hunger organizations has been sharply underappreciated, in part because too few of those active in the food security arena are aware of the proposal. The case for the IFST is spelled out in the current edition of the Yale Journal of International Affairs, which has published such experts as Tony Blair, Joseph Stiglitz, Samantha Power, David Brooks, Gen. Stanley McChrystal and two US Secretaries of Homeland Security. All those interested in food security and hunger eradication in particular would be well advised to read the article titled The Armless Hand: The Call for Anti-Hunger Law and the International Food Security Treaty at http://yalejournal.org/category/journal/articles/.
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)