The ECOSOC substantive session was held from 2 to 27 July 2012 at the United Nations in New York, presided over by H.E. Miloš Koterec, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the UN, who also chaired the High Level Segment on the theme "Promoting productive capacity and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the Millennium Development Goals".
The FAO Delegation was headed by Ms. Lila Ratsifandrihamanana, FAO Liaison Office Director and composed of Mr. Jeff Tschirley, Chief Rehabilitation and Humanitarian Policies Unit, TCER, Mina Dowlatchahi, Chief Unit for Cooperation with Multi/Bilateral Agencies, TCDM, Peter Wobst, Senior Liaison Officer ESW, Sandra Aviles, Senior Liaison Officer, LOG , Ms Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Senior Liaison Officer, LON, Mr. Toshihiko Murata, Executive Officer, LON, Mr. Javier Molina Cruz, Liaison Officer LON, and other LON staff.
A side Event on Promoting Decent Work in Rural Areas for Achieving Food Security was co-sponsored by FAO together with IFAD, ILO, WFP and UNDESA. It was chaired by Ms. Alette van Leur, Director of the Sectoral Activities Department of the ILO and Mrs. Lila Ratsifandrihamanana, Director of the FAO Liaison Office in New York, delivered a joint statement on behalf of the co-sponsors. The event served to draw attention to the linkages between employment promotion, poverty reduction and food security.
The Ministerial Breakfast on Promoting productive capacity for sustainable livelihoods: the role of Cooperatives was also the occasion for FAO to flag the World Food Day, the theme of which this year is “Agricultural cooperatives". Besides, the Ministerial Breakfast on Youth Unemployment and the dialogue with the regional commissions on "Regional Perspectives on Youth and Development" served to express FAO’s positions on promoting rural youth employment .
The Ministerial Declaration adopted at the High Level Segment refers to the full participation of women and men in both rural and urban areas to alleviate unemployment and underemployment, to the need to build a critical mass of viable and competitive productive capacity in agriculture, to the improvements in agricultural productivity in view to improve food security, and to the important role of the CFS. In addition, the Resolution adopted during the Coordination segment on the role of the United Nations system in implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education, underscores the need to give attention to factors of marginalization in education for all, particularly rural and indigenous women and girls.
Of relevance is also the debate on the QCPR at the Operational segment during which FAO reiterated its support for the UN System Wide coherence agenda and flagged key concerns relating to UN system funding, the tools/instruments to improve coherence, the resident coordinator system and others. In addition, the Humanitarian segment was the occasion for FAO to emphasise the importance of increasing investments to the region and to provide information on the food security cluster.
Under the General segment, the Report of the Committee on World Food Security was considered and the chair, Amb. Alba (Mexico) expressed his interest in having a more substantive discussion on the CFS report and more active collaboration with the CFS chair in future sessions of ECOSOC.