Meetings sharpen focus on RBA targets
Targets and indicators on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition were the subject of discussion among New York delegates of members of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Bureau and representatives of civil society at meetings hosted by the Rome-based Agencies (RBAs) - FAO, IFAD and WFP, in New York on 5 and 7 May.
The gatherings – held during the week of the eleventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – presented an opportunity for discussion on proposed targets under OWG focus area 2, for which the RBAs, working within the United Nations Technical Support Team, have collaborated to provide input.
New York delegates of CFS Bureau members Armenia, Canada, France, Italy and Switzerland praised the RBAs technical contribution to the process at a first meeting, before officers from FAO, IFAD and WFP sat down with representatives of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Biovision, Save the Children, the Millennium Institute, and the Non-communicable Diseases Alliance (NCD) in a separate gathering two days later.
"For the Food and Agriculture Cluster, these kinds of informal meetings and exchanges are extremely valuable,” said Michael Rütimann, representative of Biovision. “The targets and indicators presented by the RBAs in March 2014 proved extremely helpful in building the consensus in focus area 2. We will certainly build on these targets and continue with our efforts to advocate for a shift towards sustainable agriculture and food systems.”
The meetings contributed to RBA efforts to engage diverse actors in the process.
“FAO considers it important that all concerned stakeholders have the chance to express their views, and to be heard by decision makers negotiating the agenda,” said Boubaker Ben-Belhassen, FAO focal point for Post-2015. “For this reason we are collaborating with a wide spectrum of partners, and welcome further discussion in the coming months.”
The Rome-based Agencies now plan to participate in a side-event organized by Biovision, the Millennium Institute and WSPA on small food producers and family farmers at the High Level Political Forum, which takes places in New York between 30 June and 9 July 2014.