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CFS44 side events on the right to adequate food – SDGs and small-scale fisheries: meeting commitments and realizing the right to adequate food

Events - 13.10.2017

The third side event explored the linkages between small-scale fisheries and relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the realization of the right to food, as well as the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication as a tool that embraces the integrated approach of the SDGs to the protection of human rights and sustainable management of natural resources. The panel discussion focused on the following issues: the interrelation among small-scale fisheries, related SDGs and the right to food; how the various actors (at the international and national levels) can build on the momentum of the SDGs to support the realization of the right to food and finally how progress in the implementation of the interrelated aspects of small-scale fisheries and the right to food within the SDGs achieving Agenda 2030 can be monitored.

The panel discussion included the participation of the following distinguished speakers:

  • Karel Callens, Deputy Director, Strategic Programme 1, FAO 
  • Anne Wetlesen, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) 
  • Serena Pepino, Project Officer Right to Food, FAO
  • Naseegh Jaffer, World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)
  • Sidibe Aboubacar, Senior Fisheries Officer, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)   
  • Alison Graham, Human Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 

The event was co-organized by FAO (Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Right to Food Team, Strategic Programme 1), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), IPC Fisheries Working Group and IFAD.

For more information about the human rights aspects of SDGs’ targets relating to food security and small-scale fisheries, particularly from the perspective of the right to adequate food, we invite you to read the Information Note on “The relationship between the governance of small-scale fisheries and the realization of the right to adequate food in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

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