Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

UNFSS Pre-Summit: Multilateral Policy Convergence for Food Systems Transformation; CFS and its Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

Virtual, Italy | 26/07/2021

CFS Session at the Pre-summit of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021.

DATE: 26 July 2021

TIME: 18:30 - 19.20 CEST


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  1. Promote CFS’s multi-stakeholder model and its products especially the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSN) and their use in global, regional, and national food systems transformation processes;
  2. Feature the unique science-policy interface and expert reports of the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts (CFS HLPE); and
  3. Explore the role of CFS in the Food Systems Summit and follow-up, and promote use of the CFS VGFSN and other policy products.


Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are central to the 2030 Agenda and are crucial for achieving all of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. However, the world is not on track to achieving these goals especially SDG 2 on Zero Hunger. There is, therefore, an urgent need to accelerate action by all stakeholders to transform of our food taking into account interlinkages between SDG-2 and other SDGs to mitigate trade-offs and maximize synergies. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) - UN’s foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all, supports the achievement of global food security and nutrition targets by driving global policy convergence work in an inclusive, evidence-based model of consensus-building. The session will showcase how CFS is working to drive progress on SDG 2, including through our recently-endorsed Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches.


  • Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson and Permanent Representative of Thailand to FAO, IFAD and WFP - Statement;
  • Martin Cole, CFS HLPE Steering Committee Chairperson - Statement;
  • H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka - Video;
  • Hans Hoogeveen, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to FAO, IFAD and WFP;
  • H.E. Gabriel Mbairobe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cameroon - Statement / Video;
  • Naoko Yamamoto, Chairperson, UN Nutrition, to underline the role of the UN in the promotion and implementation of the VGFSN - Statement;
  • Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, to highlight how the VGFSN can help to address human rights issues - Statement;
  • Rick White, Representative of CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM), to focus on what trasformative actions are needed from the private sector to promote sustainable food systems that deliver healthy diets - Statement;
  • Moderator: Chris Hegadorn, CFS Secretary.


  • Cornelia Berns, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Germany;
  • Gabriel Ferrero, Ambassador at Largel Global Food Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Spain.