Policy Working Groups


Background : the CSM has established policy working groups in order to promote dialogue and common positions amongst CSOs on issues being discussed in the CFS.

The role of the CSM Working Groups is…

  • …to enhance circulation of relevant documentation and information on the issue and on the related process in the CFS;
  • …to provide a space for dialogue and exchange of views amongst CSOs on the issues under consideration by the CFS Open-Ended Working Groups (OEWG) and Technical Task Teams (TTT);
  • …to provide a space for CSOs to develop strong and well-articulated civil society positions
  • …to provide inputs to the civil society members of the CFS OEWG and TTTs;
  • …to identify civil society participants in CFS OEWGs and TTTs and in Round Table panels.

Participation in CSM Working Groups: the CSM working groups are open to ALL members of the Civil Society Mechanism. Membership of the CSM is open to all CSOs working on food security and nutrition. CSOs interested in participating in a CSM working group should contact the relevant CSM Coordinator and facilitator or the CSM Secretariat cso4cfs@gmail.com. Members of the CSM WGs are encouraged to participate actively and not just be recipients of information!

Coordinators and Technical Facilitators of CSM Working Groups: each of the CSM working groups require a coordinator and facilitator who are dedicated to enabling broad civil society participation and engagement leading up to the CFS Plenary Session.  The Coordinator position is reserved for a Coordination Committee member, and should be supported by one or more facilitators. Both the coordinators and facilitators are meant to fulfill a facilitation rather than political role on a voluntary basis. The facilitator is considered a “resource person” and should provide support to the Coordinator. The selection of the coordinator(s) and facilitator(s) should be proposed by the members of the working group and agreed by the members of the CSM Coordination Committee.