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OCTOBER 2021
Key highlights:

Organized as the first major global event on Food Security and Nutrition after the United Nations Food Systems Summit, key highlights of the Plenary will be:
  • State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021;
  • Uptake of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition;
  • Election of new CFS Chairperson, and selection of new CFS Bureau Members and their Alternates; and
  • CFS Secretariat’s Special Session to celebrate International Rural Women’s Day and explore synergies and opportunities to align CFS with the Rio Conventions.
Visit the CFS 49 webpage for more information.
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With under one week to go, do not forget to register for an opportunity be part of this global discussion on Food Security and Nutrition.
 
Speakers:
 
António Guterres,
United Nations
Secretary-General
Collen Vixen Kelapile,
President, ECOSOC
Amina J. Mohammed,
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
Thanawat Tiensin,
CFS Chairperson
QU Dongyu,
Director-General, FAO
Gilbert Houngbo,
President, IFAD
David Beasley,
Executive Director, WFP
Mariam Al Mehairi,
Minister of State for Water and Food Security, UAE
Jeffrey D. Sachs,
Director, Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
Martin Cole,
Chair, CFS HLPE
Steering Committee
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand Inger Andersen,
Executive Director, UNEP
 
Elizabeth Mrema,
Executive Secretary, UNCBD
Ibrahim Thiaw,
Executive Director, UNCCD
Patricia Espinosa,
Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
 

Visit CFS 49 webpage for the full list of confirmed speakers.
 
Side events:
 
To enrich and complement the CFS 49 Plenary and to give its partners and other stakeholders an opportunity to highlight their work, CFS will organize 16 virtual side events over the four days – 4 per day, in parallel during the lunch break.

See the full schedule of the 16 CFS 49 side events.
 
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SEPTEMBER 2021

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is pleased to invite you to a press conference on 21 September 2021 at 13:00 New York time / 19:00 Rome time:
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At this press conference, the new HLPE Steering Committee membership will be announced ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

Speakers:
  • Chris Hegadorn, CFS Secretary 
  • Martin Cole, Chairperson, HLPE Steering Committee
  • Ismahane Elouafi, FAO Chief Scientist (TBC)
HLPE Steering Committee representatives will also be present at the press conference.

In addition to presenting the new Steering Committee, this press conference will be an opportunity to brief journalists about the work of CFS and its HLPE in addressing global food security and nutrition issues as well as give an overview of the role of CFS and its HLPE in the follow up and review of the UN Food Systems Summit outcomes.

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AUGUST 2021
CFS Session at the UNFSS 2021 Pre-Summit
Multilateral Policy Convergence for Food Systems Transformation; CFS and its Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition
On 26 July 2021, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) organized a session at the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021. A recording of the CFS session is available here. More information on the session can be found here.
Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson:
"To be successful, the Summit needs to make use of existing institutions, and build on the experience, tools and resources that we have in place, including the CFS and its HLPE."
"The vital work of the CFS in driving global policy convergence on [food security and nutrition issues] is very commendable and must be encouraged."
H.E. Gabriel Mbairobe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cameroon:
"Being a key stakeholder in the CFS, Cameroon’s agriculture growth orientation continues to be inspired by the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security and all other policy instruments."
"The [CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition] present holistic and comprehensive guidance for governments to positively influence the evolution of food systems for better nutrition."
See the event webpage for full remarks by all our speakers.
OTHER CFS UPDATES
CFS 49 SIDE EVENTS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 31 AUGUST 2021: Visit the side events section of the CFS 49 webpage for more information on how to apply. Read more >

NEW: At the CFS Session at the UNFSS 2021 Pre-Summit, CFS launched its digital platform on the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. Access here >

 
HLPF 2021: CFS organized a side event  on "Global Policy Coordination for SDG2" at HLPF 2021. Read more >
NEW: The CFS HLPE Report #16 on "Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems" was launched on 5 July 2021. Read more >

 
NEW VIDEO: Also at the CFS Session at the UNFSS 2021 Pre-Summit, CFS premiered an explainer video on the Voluntary Guidelines. Watch here >

 
DATA EVENT: On 1 July 2021, CFS organized an event on "Closing data gaps and promoting evidence-informed decision-making". Read more >
UPCOMING: Regional Consultations on the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment from September to November 2021. Read more >
 
JOINT EVENT: On 16 June 2021, CFS together with the World Bank Group organized a webinar on the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. Read more >
 
CFS 48: Missed the highlights from CFS 48? You can find more information on CFS 48 on the CFS website. Read more >


 
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JULY 2021
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CFS Session at  UNFSS Pre-Summit

Multilateral Policy Convergence
for Food Systems Transformation

CFS and its Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

Monday, 26 July 2021 | 6:30pm - 7:20pm (CET)
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Given the mounting hunger and malnutrition crisis - with close to 811 million people going hungry in 2020 according to the latest SOFI report, the UN Food Systems Summit is an opportunity to galvanize global effort to reverse this trend.

At the UNFSS pre-Summit, CFS is organizing a session  to share its  experience conducting policy convergence work in an inclusive and evidence-based format to drive progress on SDG 2.

Speakers:
  • Mr Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chair and Permanent Representative of Thailand to FAO, IFAD and WFP  
  • Mr Martin Cole, Chair, CFS High Level Panel of Experts (CFS HLPE)
  • HE Gotabaya Rajapakse, President, Sri Lanka
  • HE Ambassador Hans Hoogeveen, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to FAO, IFAD and WFP
  • HE Gabriel Mbairobe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cameroon
  • Ms Naoko Yamamoto, Chairperson, UN Nutrition
  • Mr Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Mr Rick White, Chair of CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)
  • Moderator: Mr Chris Hegadorn, CFS Secretary
The event will be interpreted in all FAO languages plus Italian. More information on the session can be found here.
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JULY 2021

The Domincan Republic and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) invite you to a side event on Global Policy Coordination for SDG-2; CFS amid COVID19 at the United Nations (UN) High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.
 
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Although food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are central to the 2030 Agenda and are crucial for achieving all of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the world is not on track to achieve SDG 2 on zero hunger.

The side event will highlight CFS’s collaborative, multi-stakeholder contribution to international policy convergence aimed at driving progress towards SDG 2.

Speakers:
  • Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson and Permanent Representative of Thailand to FAO, IFAD and WFP.
  • Mario Arvelo, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to FAO, IFAD and WFP, former CFS Chairperson.
  • Gerda Verburg, UN SUN Movement Coordinator, former CFS Chairperson.
  • Naoko Yamamoto, Chairperson, UN Nutrition.
  • Jennifer Clapp, member of CFS HLPE Steering Committee.
  • Rick White, CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM).
  • André Luzzi, CFS Civil Society Mechanism (CSM).
Interpretation will be available in
English French Spanish
Concept note and programme
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More information on the event is available here.
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JUNE 2021

CFS is pleased to invite you to a public event on “Closing data gaps and promoting evidence-informed decision-making for food security and nutrition”
 
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Despite considerable efforts, most countries still cannot cover basic food security and nutrition data needs, nor do they have the capacity to analyze and use, even the limited data at their disposal, to develop policies and promote investments to advance food security and nutrition.

This event will help identify possible policy solutions and good practices. It will kick-start a new CFS policy convergence process on data systems and tools for food security and nutrition that will include a report by the CFS High Level Panel of Experts (CFS HLPE) on this topic, to be released in 2022.

The event will be interpreted in English, French and Spanish. More information on the event, including the concept note and programme, can be found here.
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JUNE 2021
CFS 48 HIGHLIGHTS
A Special 48th Session of CFS Plenary took place virtually on 4 June 2021. Attended by over 2,000 delegates, the Plenary was specially convened  to endorse the CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches. CFS 48 highlights include a number of inspiring remarks, a recorded address by Sri Lanka's President, H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and ten high-quality side events. Read more >
The main outcome of CFS 48 was the endorsement, by CFS Members, of the CFS Policy Recommendations on "Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems that Enhance Food Security and Nutrition". Read more >
 
Speakers included Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chair; Qu Dongyu, Director-General, FAO; Dominik Ziller, Vice-President, IFAD; Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, WFP; and Martin Cole, Chair, CFS HLPE Steering Committee. H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, addressed the plenary via video. Members and other stakeholders also delivered delegation statements. Read more >
To complement CFS 48 Plenary discussions and give CFS partners an opportunity to highlight their respective work, CFS 48 featured 10 side events. Visit the Side Events section of CFS 48 webpage for more details on these side events and links to Zoom recordings.
OTHER CFS UPDATES
OpEd: Why reinvent the wheel on food security and nutrition? CFS Chair Thanawat Tiensin, HLPE StC Chair Martin Cole and HLPE Member Jennifer Clapp called for strengthening of the CFS HLPE in a Devex OpEd. Read it here.
 
Report Launch, 05 July 2021: CFS HLPE Report #16 on "Promoting Youth Engagement and Employment in Agriculture and Food Systems" to be launched. Register here to join the launch.
SAVE THE DATE, 1 JULY 2021, 3-6pm CETCFS will host a webinar on Closing Data Gaps and Promoting Evidence-Informed Decision-Making for Food Security and Nutrition. More information to follow here.

 
CFS 49 SAVE THE DATE: CFS 49 will be held from 11-15 October 2021. More information to follow on CFS website.
 
Gender Equality & Women's and Girls' Empowerment: An Open-ended Working Group will meet on 5 July 2021 from 9.30am to 12.30pm CET to review the Zero Draft prepared for regional consultations later in 2021. More information here.
Calendar of CFS Events: See here for upcoming CFS events and moments.
 
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MAY 2021

NEW
CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

The CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition were endorsed in February 2021 at CFS 47 aimed at supporting countries and others in their effort to eradicate hunger and malnutrition through a food systems approach.

See the Guidelines in ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchSpanish and Russian. A 2-page summary of the Guidelines is also available in Arabic, ChineseEnglishFrench, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
Key Updates
Save the Date: CFS 48 to be held on 4 June 2021.
Read more >
Call for guest articles on use of CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.
Read more >


 
Ongoing: CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches
Read more >

CFS 47: Highlights and outcomes
Read more >
NEW: Refreshed CFS website
Read more >  

 
Share you experience in use of CFS policy recommendations on climate change and on water
Read more >
 
COVID-19: CFS continues to address the pandemic in all its ongoing work
Read more >
 
GFFA mobilizes high-level support for the work of CFS
Read more >
CFS and the UN Food Systems Summit
Read more >
 
CFS welcomes 12 new Member countries
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Ongoing: CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Read more >
 
Upcoming CFS events and moments
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FEBRUARY 2021
CFS 47 was held from 8-11 February at a pivotal moment in the global food security and nutrition policy agenda. Among its highlights, the UN Secretary-General’s message of support was delivered by the UN Food Systems Summit Special Envoy, followed by personal appearances by the Heads of FAO, IFAD, WFP, along with the CFS Chairperson and the Chair of the CFS High Level Panel of Experts Steering Committee. 

CFS Members adopted the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition – culminating 5+ years of work, and endorsed Terms of Reference for the next major project – CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment.  Members also reiterated the importance of CFS’s Framework for Action in Protracted Crises, reaffirmed CFS’s Program of Work (2020-2023), highlighted its active work to respond to COVID-19, and welcomed a record-setting 10 new member states.
 
Your feedback on CFS 47 will help us improve the organization and content of future events. Please take five minutes to complete this confidential and anonymous SURVEY.
 
Key among CFS 47's outcomes was the endorsement of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition Resulting from a 5+ years intensive, inclusive, multi-stakeholder negotiation process, the Guidelines aim to support countries and others in their efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by utilizing a food systems lens.
 
Visit the CFS 47 webpage for the Plenary's official documents and other outcomes including the endorsement of the Terms of Reference for the Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women's and Girls' Empowerment that will be produced ahead of CFS 40 in October 2020.
 
The opening session on Monday 8 February 2021 featured keynote addresses by:
  • Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General;
  • Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chairperson and Permanent Representative of Thailand to UN Agencies in Rome;
  • QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO;
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President, IFAD;
  • David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP;
  • Martin Cole, Chair, CFS HLPE.
To complement CFS 47 Plenary discussions and give CFS partners an opportunity to highlight their respective work, CFS 47 featured 12 side events. Visit the Side Events section of CFS 47 webpage for more details on these side events, summaries , and links to Zoom recordings.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS NEWSLETTER
November 2020
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) organized a High-Level Virtual Special Event on Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition, 13 - 15 October 2020 to keep food security and nutrition front and centre on the global sustainable development agenda. The Special Event attracted more than 5000 people who registered for the plenaries and the 12 Partners Events. These participants were drawn from Governments, United Nations agencies, civil society and non-governmental organizations, private sector associations, philanthropic foundations, international agricultural research centres, and international and regional financial institutions. CFS CHAIR SUMMARY
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PLENARIES
 
CFS organized three plenaries, one per day, each dedicated to a topical issue of relevance to global food security and nutrition.
 
Plenary 1:
Took stock of the global food security situation guided by the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) 2020 report and the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on Building a Global Narrative towards 2030 
RECORDING
 
Plenary 2:
Reflected on the impacts of COVID-19 on global food security and nutrition and efforts needed to “build back better” using the HLPE issues paper on Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition: Developing Effective Policy Responses to Address the Hunger and Malnutrition Pandemic 
RECORDING
 
Plenary 3:
Discussed the draft CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and the draft CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches, and their relevance to the objectives of the UN Food Systems Summit. 
RECORDING
SPEECHES

With 38 speakers and engaging interactions with participants, the CFS Special Event saw rich discussions on global food security and nutrition.  SEE MORE
PARTNERS EVENTS

To enrich and complement the plenary discussions and to give our partners and stakeholders an opportunity to highlight their work, CFS provided space for 12 virtual Partners Events over the three days.
I commend the #CFS for convening this special event to keep a strong global focus on #FoodSecurity & #Nutrition, especially in light of #COVID19
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