CFS Multi-stakeholder dialogue on haring experiences and taking stock of the use and application of the VGGTs in Europe and Central Asia

Antalya, Turkey – 3 May 2016 15.00 – 17.00 hrs


The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has repeatedly encouraged stakeholders to share their experiences and best practices in applying CFS decisions and recommendations with a view to foster adoption, adaptation and scaling up of good practices and to contribute to the monitoring function of CFS at national, regional and global levels. At the last plenary session in October 2015, CFS agreed to hold a global thematic event during the October 2016 Plenary to share experiences and take stock of the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGTs). The Voluntary Guidelines were endorsed by CFS at its Thirty-eighth (Special) Session on 11 May 2012. The Guidelines serve as a reference and set out principles and internationally accepted standards for practices for the responsible governance of tenure. They provide a framework that States can use when developing their own strategies, policies, legislation, programmes and activities. They allow governments, civil society, the private sector and citizens to judge whether their proposed actions and the actions of others constitute acceptable practices.

As an input to the global event to be held in October, the CFS Multi-stakeholder dialogue on sharing experiences and taking stock of the use and application of the VGGTs in Europe and Central Asia will contribute to the identification, sharing and documentation of good practices by CFS stakeholders. CFS stakeholders are invited to identify and describe good practices in the use and application of the VGGTs both in quantitative and qualitative terms. In this context, a good practice can be described as an intervention or approach that has contributed to the successful application of the Voluntary Guidelines and deserves to be shared as an example so that a greater number of actors can consider its adoption, taking into account country-specific situations.