Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Mr. Stefan Pasti

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative
United States of America

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute comments.

While I am far from having a comprehensive understanding of what actions are already in place, or will be initiated, I understand that a comprehensive response like this is needed, and could make unprecedented progress, under any conditions and circumstances. 

What I would offer, from my point of view, is that there doesn’t seem to be anything upfront in this document accounting for the unprecedented cultural transformation (which will take decades) necessary to mitigate global warming/climate change.  The following--“Address the increasing number of emergencies (including natural disasters, conflicts and chronic emergencies) affecting the nutritional status of vast populations” (top of p. 4)—is a “close relative” to what I’m suggesting, but… there still seems to be an assumption of some kind of “status quo”.  It seems to me that “in unprecedented flux” rather than “status quo” would better characterize the next three decades.

Also, we live in very complex cultural landscapes, and there are many different kinds of moral compasses attempting to navigate such landscapes.  As a consequence, people who are not sufficiently informed about critical issues are everywhere, and they are investing their time, energy, and money—voting—all the time.  Even a most comprehensive approach like the one outlined in this draft will not help people who perceive that their rights and freedoms to act as they see fit—even if irresponsibly—are established and sovereign rights.

Further, besides the unprecedented challenge of mitigating global warming/climate change, I believe that what we have now is a convergence of critical challenges (here is a two page description of the ten most critical challenges identified by this writer) [all documents referred to in this comment accessible on homepage of The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative at .]

I understand there may not be many who agree with my own personal assessment.  Even so, a valid argument can still be made that a “Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses Survey”--

--a very careful and conscientious approach to identifying critical challenges and solution-oriented activity--and to comparing that input with working definitions for “right livelihood” and “moral compasses” (to increase consensus on such definitions)--

--which sought responses from carefully selected people from around the world (possibly 300) who are who are well known in fields of activity associated with creating a peaceful and sustainable world--

--could be a catalyst for collaborative problem solving a the local community level (such as Community Visioning Initiatives, Neighborhood Learning Centers, and Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education Projects in local newspaper)(and such a survey could be undertaken by a coalition of universities and colleges).

Summary Point:  if more people discovered for themselves how unprecedented the challenges ahead are (from international “Recalibrating… Surveys”, and subsequent local collaborative problem solving), and how much we need to be learning and working together to manage the profound cultural transformation needed to respond to such challenges, better decisions would be made locally, by many more people, and across a much wider spectrum of challenges and positive tipping points.

More in depth discussion along these lines can be found in:

1)  "Unprecedented Challenges Ahead--February 2017"  (2 pages; Feb. 2017)

2)  “Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert to Peacebuilders, Chaplains--from” (10 pages; Feb., 2017)(accessible on homepage of