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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

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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.
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Call for guest articles on use of CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.
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Ongoing: CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches
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CFS 47: Highlights and outcomes
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NEW: Refreshed CFS website
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Share you experience in use of CFS policy recommendations on climate change and on water
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COVID-19: CFS continues to address the pandemic in all its ongoing work
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GFFA mobilizes high-level support for the work of CFS
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CFS and the UN Food Systems Summit
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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.
 
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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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OCTOBER 2020
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CFS High-Level Special Event on

- Strengthening Global Governance -

of Food Security and Nutrition


October 13-15, 2020 | 1:00pm-4:00pm (Rome time)
The CFS Special Event will:
  1. Take 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;
  2. Reflect 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
  3. Discuss the draft CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and the draft CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches, and consider their relevance to the objectives of the UN Food Systems Summit.
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PROGRAMME
The Special Event will be attended by thousands of people who care about global food security and nutrition. Speakers will include the UN Deputy Secretary General, Heads of UN agencies (FAO, WFP, IFAD, WHO, UNICEF and ILO), ministers of agriculture from around the globe, and a variety of food security leaders from every continent.
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AUGUST 2020

SAVE THE DATE: Virtual CFS High-Level Special Event on Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition
13-15 October 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CFS 47 Plenary Session planned for October 2020 has been rescheduled to 8-12 February 2021. In order to keep food security and nutrition front and centre on the global development and political agenda, CFS will host a virtual High-Level Event on Food Security and Nutrition, 13-15 October 2020. Read more 

Side Events: To apply for a side event, please download and complete the side events application form and return it to [email protected] DEADLINE to apply has been extended to COB, Friday 21 August 2020.
Key Updates
Issues Paper: Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition
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CFS Calls for Building Back Better to Avert a COVID-19 Food Crisis
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CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition
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Taking Stock of CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crisis (CFS-FFA)
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CFS Chair's Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Discussion Paper: COVID-19 a Threat to Workers' Health
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CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches
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CFS Chair Briefs the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
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OpEd:  Will CFS Prevent the Pending COVID-19 Hunger Crisis?
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New Report: "Food Security and Nutrition: Building a Global Narrative towards 2030"
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CFS to work on Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for Food Security and Nutrition
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UN Security Council Calls for use of CFS Framework for Action in Protracted Crises to Protect Civilian from Conflict-Induced Hunger
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