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CFS 47 Side event- Ensuring the human right to adequate food for sustainable food systems

Events - 03.02.2021

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Tuesday, 9 February

1:00 - 2:15 PM (CET)



The COVID-19 pandemic brought a global health emergency that is putting at risk people’s right to adequate food all over the world. The pandemic sheds light on the indivisible linkages between the right to health and the right to food, and the importance of multisectoral and multistakeholder approaches such as the human rights-based and One Health as the way ahead.

The Food Systems Summit 2021 urges to take bold actions to ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all in order to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), as plants make up 80% of the food we eat and are under increasing threat from pests and diseases. The recent report and interim issue paper by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), as well as publications by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and World Bank, among others, call to build more sustainable food systems and to ensure the right to food.

This side-event will be held within this year Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47). It will highlight emerging issues during the COVID-19 pandemic showing profound linkages between plant protection, food safety, health, climate change, gender and capacity development for women, biodiversity and adequate standards of living. Although they are usually dealt with separately, they have a high potential to contribute to less vulnerable, more inclusive and sustainable food systems.

An interactive panel will explore best practices and provide policy recommendations to better connect key dimensions of the right to adequate food. It will address multiple dimensions, actors and technical areas of food security and nutrition, particularly relevant during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

The side-event benefits from the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Kingdom of Spain. Both representing the broader informal Friends of the Right to Food Group of Member Countries in Rome (made of Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, Czech Republic, Germany, Brazil, France, Cuba, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Netherlands, Indonesia and Burkina Faso). The side-event is being organised with the support of the FAO and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).




Mr. Juan Carlos García y Cebolla, FAO Right to Food Team Leader

Opening remarks

Mr. Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Mr. Gabriel Ferrero, Director General for Sustainable Development Cooperation Policies of Spain


Mr. Michael Fakhri, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food


Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation of Pakistan

Ms. Elsa Simões, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD and WFP of Cabo Verde

Mr. Hem Mulders, Global Head F&A Strategy and Policy for Rabobank, PSM Representative  

Ms. Elisabetta Recine, Professor, FSN Observatory, University of Brasilia, CSM Representative 

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