CSM Annual Report 2017//2018
The period 2017/2018 was a quite intense year for the CSM. This Annual Report provides an overview on the CSM engagement with all CFS Policy Processes during the period September 2017- October 2018 and shares a summary of key political messages towards CFS 45. As in previous years, the report also comprises an overview of CSM on the use, application and monitoring of CFS policy outcomes, and a summary of the Coordination Committee (CC) discussions and decisions in the reporting period. It concludes with the financial picture for 2017/18 and an outlook for 2019.
This report was submitted for consideration of the CSM Coordination Committee meeting and the CSM Forum in October 2018, as part of the reporting and accountability procedures in the CSM. The report was revised and updated after these CSM meetings and the CFS 45.
There are many elements that would be worthwhile highlighting in this introduction. Here, it might be good to choose just one of them: the CSM Coordination Committee discussed and agreed at its meeting in July 2018 on a name amendment to the CSM, as it was suggested by the Indigenous Peoples’ constituency in September 2017. The name’s amendment was unanimously ratified by the CSM Coordination Committee during its meeting in October and shared with and welcomed by the CSM Forum through a very inspiring and collective ceremony of celebration. The full name of the CSM is from now on: “Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)”.It was an important exercise for the CSM Coordination Committee to come to this amendment by consensus, as it involved a deep exchange, increased mutual understanding and full acknowledgment of the long-standing and ongoing struggles of indigenous peoples for being recognized in their identities as indigenous peoples.