Global Level Services Component

The Global Level Services allow to respond, in a flexible manner, to a limited number of ad hoc requests from countries committed to implement right to food and good governance principles in national policies, legislation and institutions, and to participate in global efforts to mainstream human rights in development work. Through this work, FAO will continue developing into a centre of excellence on conceptual and operational aspects in support of an improved understanding and practical implementation of the right to food.

The Global Level Services component has in fact allowed FAO to make an important contribution and take part to several global level initiatives, in particular together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, the UNDG human rights mainstreaming mechanism (UNDG-HRM) group, FIAN, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Institute for Hunger Studies (IEH) and other FAO Divisions. These partnerships result in the development and production of a number of publications, fact sheets and events which all aim at strengthening the knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the importance of the right to food at global level, and seeking the commitment of national stakeholders on its implementation.

Latest outputs

Latest news:

02.07.2013

Experts define way ahead and commit themselves for the realization of the right to food

On 14 June 2013, more than 40 experts from 8 West African countries concluded a two day’s consultation with the adoption of recommendations and commitments related to concrete activities to be conducted in their respective area of work so as to contribute to the advancement of the right to food in the region. The expert consultation, convened by the UN Special Rapporteur for the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, was co-organized by FAO and the Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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15.01.2013

Investment Days discuss the relevance of the right to food to investment in agriculture and rural development

What is the relationship between the right to food and investment in agriculture and rural development? How can human rights provide tools for investment plans and projects? These issues were discussed during a parallel session entitled “The Right to Food: How is it relevant to investment in agriculture and rural development?” organized within Investment Days on 18 December 2012. Investment Days are a yearly two-day retreat that bring together colleagues of the FAO’s Investment Centre (TCI), including employees of such related institutions as the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Bank to share knowledge and experiences.

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18.06.2012

The right to food and global strategic frameworks: a window of opportunity

We are pleased to announce the publication of The right to food and global strategic frameworks: The Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) and the UN Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA). It shows how the right to adequate food can be integrated into strategic frameworks on food security and nutrition as an overarching goal, as a principle that guides all steps of implementation, and as a tool to strengthen the capacities of duty-bearers and right-holders to make the human right to adequate food reality for all. Moreover, two fact sheets are available on the issue.

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29.03.2012

Right to food and national and global strategies

The right to food plays a crucial role in the context of the reformed Committee on World Food Security, as integral part of its vision, as strategic orientation of its work and as practical way to achieve the objective of a world without hunger and malnutrition. In the context of the present discussions related to the development of a Global Strategic Framework for Food and Nutrition Security (GSF), we are pleased to announce the publication of two Factsheets.

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20.06.2011

Expert consultation on the implementation of the right to food:
experiences from Latin America & the Caribbean

On June 9 and 10, 2011, an expert consultation on the right to food in Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Bogotá jointly organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In all, around 50 food experts, parliamentarians and policy-makers from the region discussed on the progress made and the challenges ahead in the realization of the right to adequate food for all.

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