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February 2022: Quarterly Newsletter
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FEBRUARY 2022
10th Anniversary of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGTs)
This year – 2022 – marks the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security – known as the CFS VGGTs.

Endorsed by governments and other stakeholders in 2012, the CFS VGGTs offer an internationally negotiated framework to improve land governance for food security and nutrition, with respect for human rights at their core.
CFS at the 2022 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)
CFS and its work featured prominently at the 2022 GFFA, hosted by H.E. Cem Özdemir, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany, from 24-28 January, under the theme of “Sustainable Land Use: Food Security Starts with the Soil”.
Among key CFS engagements was an exciting High Level Panel on “Responsible Land Governance for Sustainable Food Systems”, with a focus on the CFS VGGTs. In addition, the CFS Chairperson spoke at the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference and at the Forum's closing press conference. The final 2022 GFFA Communiqué encouraged utilzation of the CFS platform and its key products, highlighting their relevance to global governance of food and nutrition priorities.
Gabriel Ferrero, CFS Chairperson:
"Land is our number one lifeline.  Its governance is the bedrock upon which all other food security and nutrition efforts are built."
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"CFS has initiated important developments [in land governance], especially with its [VGGTs]. They thus make an important contribution to food security."
H.E. Frida Krifca, Minister of Agriculture, Albania:
"The Albanian Government has affirmed its commitment to recognize, respect and safeguard tenure rights of lawful holders […] including women."
"The implementation of the [CFS VGGTs] in Sierra Leone has underscored remarkable achievements in natural resources management and land."
Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, FAO:
"FAO has supported awareness raising and capacity development on the VGGTs and land governance in 78 countries, elaborated land policies and programs based on the VGGTs in 34 countries and enacted laws and policies based on the VGGTs enacted in 9 countries."
More information on 2022 GFFA available here.
 
From the CFS High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE)
The CFS HLPE proposes an update to our conceptual understanding of food security to encompass the broader dynamics that affect hunger and malnutrition by incorporating of two new dimensions - agency and sustainability - into food security policy and analysis frameworks:
OTHER CFS UPDATES
Call for experiences: On the use and application of CFS-RAI. Read more >
 
Call for inputs: Draft Policy Recommendations on Youth. Read more >
 
Save the date: CFS Ministerial Event at Expo Dubai. Read more >
 
ICYMI: End of year 2021 message by CFS Chair. Read more >
 
Call for inputs: Draft CFS Gender Voluntary Guidelines. Read more >
 
New policy brief: How responsible investment can contribute to the realization of the right to food. Read more >
 
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December 2021: A message from the CFS Chair
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DECEMBER 2021
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY!
2021 has been a pivotal year for CFS and the rest of the global food security and nutrition community. Unfortunately, the numbers of hungry and malnourished are going in the wrong direction, but we mustn’t lose faith in our collective ability to urgently reverse these trends.  We all must double down on our shared commitments in the 2030 Agenda, to address conflicts, climate change, persisting poverty and inequalities, and the compounding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which have increased inequalities all around the world and the numbers of hungry and malnourished to unacceptable levels.
Despite the enormity of the challenge, I have seen unambiguous conviction and action by the global community for a world free from hunger and malnutrition. This year saw the world come together at the UN Food Systems Summit in September to mobilize action, investments and policies to transform our food systems. In his Statement of Action, UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted that “all participants were able to benefit from the engagement and products of the CFS, that steers global policy making” and highlighted the critical importance of CFS delivering on its mandate. I have no doubt that the Committee will respond to the Secretary-General’s call to engage to provide leadership in a responsive way. Likewise, the UNFCCC COP 26 held in November and the Nutrition for Growth Summit in Japan in December spotlighted hunger and malnutrition and the urgent actions needed to address them.
"The CFS remains an essential intergovernmental and stakeholder platform for all working together to ensure food security and nutrition for all through sustainable and transformative food systems. Engagement with the CFS to provide leadership to the follow-up to the FSS will be essential to deliver on its mandate."

- UN Secretary-General's Statement of Action on the UN Food Systems Summit -

The year was among the busiest for CFS with three plenary sessions – CFS 47 in February, CFS 48 in June and CFS 49 in October. CFS 47 saw the endorsement of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSN) after many years of consultation and intense negotiation. The CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches were endorsed at CFS 48. Our 49th Plenary session focused on the 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition report; uptake of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition; the implications of the UN Food Systems Summit on CFS; ongoing CFS workstreams; and priorities and synergies and opportunities between CFS and the three Rio Conventions.
We need to harness the momentum generated by these efforts together with existing tools, products, resources and partnerships to speed up the transformation needed to fulfil the 2030 Agenda through the advancement of SDG 2 and inclusive, resilient, equitable, sustainable and healthy food systems. We agree that the moment is now; that the coming years will mark the difference for decades to come and for billions of people and the planet.
CFS will be front and center in this effort, hand in hand with the Rome Based Agencies, playing its convening role in transforming food systems for the progressive realization of the right to adequate food, as the most inclusive global inter-governmental policy platform. It offers what no other existing international platform does: an inclusive multilateral space where countries, civil society, the private sector, the UN system and other stakeholders come together to share, deliberate and reach consensus on complex systemic issues for achieving food security and nutrition, providing also a knowledge-governance interface that is transparent and participatory: the CFS High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (CFS HLPE)
In 2022, we will conclude critical components of our current programme of work including on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment, youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems, and set the pace for our work on data collection and analysis and on reducing inequalities for food security and nutrition.
None of our work is possible without the tremendous support we receive from our Members, Bureau and Advisory Group members, our funders and other stakeholders. I thank you all on behalf of myself and the CFS Secretariat.  We are counting on your continued support in our work to achieve the Committee’s vision.
Gabriel Ferrero y de Loma-Osorio
Chairperson
Committee on World Food Security
OTHER CFS UPDATES
Call for input on the use of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI)
At the Paris Peace Forum 2021, CFS Chair outlined his vision for an inclusive CFS: Watch the recording
SAVE THE DATE: CFS at the 2022 Global Forum on Food and Agriculture (GFFA) - 26 January 2022
CFS Secretary at the WTO Trade Dialogue on Food: Exploring the Nutrition and International Trade Nexus
SAVE THE DATE: CFS Ministerial Event at the Agri-food Innovation Days at Dubai Expo on 24 February 2022
CFS Chair at the UNFSS Side Event at the Tokyo N4G Summit 2021: Watch the recording
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October 2021: CFS 49
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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: Press Conference: New CFS HLPE Steering Committee
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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 Quarterly Update
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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: CFS Session At UNFSS Pre-Summit
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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: CFS Side Event At HLPF
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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
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Concept note and programme
English French Spanish
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June 2021: Register now for CFS Data Webinar
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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.

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June 2021: CFS 48 Highlights & Updates
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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.
Read more >


 
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
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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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