CSM Working Group on Nutrition


Marisa Macari – Consumers International

Technical facilitators:

Stefano Prato – Society for International Development (SID)

Flavio Valente – FIAN

CSM Resource Person for the CFS Technical Task Team

Flavio Valente – FIAN

Stefano Prato – SID (Alternate)

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Chair of the CFS Open-Ended Working Group on Nutrition: Khaled El Taweel (Egypt)


This CSM Working Group has been established in 2012 to interface with the CFS Task Team on nutrition terminology. The Task Team was responsible for developing an “options paper” for consideration of the CFS. The 37th Session of the CFS called on “the Bureau, in consultation with the Advisory Group and joint Secretariat, as well as with relevant international organizations, in particular World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to propose options on the meaning and different uses, if any, of the terms “Food Security”, “Food Security and Nutrition”.

The CSM Working Group has been reactivated in 2015 with the aim of drafting and consolidating CSO’s positions, visions and inputs into the CFS workstream on “CFS role and contribution to nutrition 2016-2017” for the next biennium 2016-2017 as approved by the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPoW) endorsed at the 42nd CFS Plenary Session in October 2015.

The Working Group is therefore actively engaged in contributing to the CFS inter-sessional activities on this topic (Open-Ended Working Groups) toward the CFS Plenary Sessions of 2016 and 2017.

Preamble from the CSM Working Group Preliminary Vision on Nutrition

“Understanding the challenge of malnutrition in all its forms requires a holistic and multidisciplinary analysis, one that combines the political and technical perspectives. Above all, it requires recognizing the need for urgency and justice, the appreciation for diversity and the values of human dignity, equity, sustainability and sovereignty. It is our common understanding that food is the expression of values, cultures, social relations and people’s self-determination, and that the act of feeding oneself and others embodies our sovereignty, ownership and empowerment. When nourishing oneself and eating with one’s family, friends, and community, we reaffirm our cultural identities, our ownership over our life course and our human dignity. Nutrition is foundational for personal development and essential for overall wellbeing.”

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Extract from MYPoW 2016-2017 on CFS role and contribution to nutrition– 2016-2017

  1. As recognized in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition adopted at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in November 2014, “malnutrition in all its forms, including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight and obesity, not only affects people’s health and wellbeing […] but also poses a high burden in the form of negative social and economic consequences to individuals, families, communities and States”. The complexity and multidimensionality of the causes and factors leading to malnutrition are also acknowledged. In addition, the effects of economic growth, urbanization, and changes in relative prices of food also influence changes in diets and food systems and lead to an acceleration of the nutritional transition, as was identified in the HLPE note on “Critical and emerging issues in the area of food security and nutrition”.
  2. After CFS 42 in October 2015, a Task Team which will include, among others, representatives of the Rome-based agencies and UN agencies and bodies with a mandate in nutrition will be invited to identify, with the support of the CFS Secretariat, the opportunities arising from the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action adopted at ICN 2, and relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for greater CFS involvement, and present a proposal on potential areas where CFS can play a major role, in line with its mandate, particularly addressing issues of policy convergence and coordination at global level. The Task Team should conclude its work by the end of December 2015.
  3. The work of the Task Team will be discussed within the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on nutrition which will be formed to prepare a proposal on a CFS workstream on nutrition to be discussed by the Bureau, in consultation with the Advisory Group, and presented for endorsement at CFS 43 in October 2016. The proposal should result in a clear vision for CFS’ role on nutrition, with a workplan leading to concrete outcomes for 2017 and beyond. The OEWG will report to Plenary at CFS 43 and CFS 44.

Process 2016 – 2017

Publication HLPE Zero Draft

Publication of the HLPE Zero Draft on Food Systems and Nutrition
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OEWG on Nutrition

OEWG on Nutrition - Green Room 9.30-12.30
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Deadline for inputs on the HLPE Zero Draft

Deadline for submitting inputs to the Zero Draft of the HLPE Report on Food Systems and Nutrition
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CFS OEWG on Nutrition

CFS OEWG on Nutrition - WFP HQs
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CFS Nutrition Event

CFS Intersessional event - Red Room
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CFS Nutrition Event

CFS Intersessional event
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CFS Nutrition Event

CFS Nutrition Event - Red Room
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CFS 44 9-13 October 2017

CFS 44 Plenary Week
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Save the date! Tuesday 10 of October 2017 18.00-19.30 CSM Side Event on Nutrition – Philippines Room

Building C Flr 2 (Languages: EN/ES/FR)

Reclaiming healthy and sustainable diets as a public good. Public policies and investments on nutrition as critical instruments to guarantee human rights and redress the livelihoods, environmental, health and fiscal implications of food systems (CSM Working Group on Nutrition) 

CFS Plenary Session 9 -13 October 2017

Session Documents for Nutrition. Nutrition session 10 October 2017 (all day):

HLPE Report on Nutrition and Food Systems: Summary and Recommendations

22 September 2017

3rd CFS inter-sessional event

20 July 2017

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting

1 June 2017

Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition 

The meeting will discuss about options for the policy convergence process This item follows the informal conversations held with CFS members and participants at the beginning of May.  The discussion will be guided by the same three questions used in the informal meetings:

a) What kind of policy guidance would you see coming out of the process in the next biennium? (Policy recommendations based on HLPE recommendations? More substantial guidance?)

b) Which issue would benefit from CFS policy guidance? (Focus on added value of CFS)

c) What would be the best process, guaranteeing inclusiveness, preparation and value added, as well as (cost-)effectiveness and relevance in the framework of the ongoing Decade of Action on Nutrition? Should it involve consultations? At what level (regional? Global E-consultation?)? At what stage of the process?

A first version of the submission to the MYPoW will be submitted and discussed during the meeting. The OEWG will also touch upon the CFS 44 “Nutrition Day”.

Background documents:

26 May 2017

2nd CFS Inter-sessional Special Event on Nutrition

9 May 2017

1st CFS Inter-sessional Special Event on Nutrition

10 February 2017

OEWG on Nutrition

The main objectives of this meeting are the following:

  • To discuss CFS’ contribution to the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2106-2025. The discussion will be based on a presentation of the Decade’s Work Programme by FAO and WHO.
  • To discuss the proposed format of the 1st  intersessional event on nutrition on “Investments for Healthy Food Systems”;
  • To decide on the theme of the 2nd intersessional event based on the themes received from the OEWG Members;
  • To discuss the preparation to the “Lessons learned and good practices on nutrition” session which will be held in CFS44.

 Background Documents:


December 2016

Contribution of the CSM Working Group to the HLPE Zero Draft Report on “Food Systems and Nutrition”


4 November 2016

OEWG on Nutrition 

The meeting will be webcasted at this link (9.30-12.30 Rome time CET)

Message of the OEWG on Nutrition Chair Khaled El Taweel

The main objectives of this meeting are: to discuss the HLPE zero-draft report on Nutrition and Food Systems; and to discuss and decide on the OEWG Workplan for the 2016-2017 intersessional period. The HLPE will give a brief presentation to the OEWG on the state of the work of the Nutrition and Food Systems report. Coming to the Workplan, the draft under discussion focuses on two expected outcomes: the agreement of the Plenary on CFS’ contribution to the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition; and building the information base to determine the nature and scope of possible policy convergence work on nutrition. The Workplan foresees activities under each of such outcomes for the OEWG’s consideration and decision. During the meeting I would suggest to focus our discussion on how we can make the best use of the activities foreseen for the upcoming intersessional period to prepare for the policy convergence work on nutrition that will commence after CFS44. I am looking forward to your guidance on how each of such activities can contribute to this objective and which should be the priority focus areas. The endorsed Proposal on nutrition foresees that intersessional events may be based on briefs of UNSCN. After consultation with UNSCN, it was agreed to propose a list of policy papers that will be finalized and made available in time to possibly form the basis of the planned events.

Background Documents for the meeting:


24 October 2016

HLPE Zero Draft Report on Food System and Nutrition


Process 2015 – 2016

CSM Prep-Meeting

CSM Working Group Preparatory Meeting
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First OEWG on Nutrition

First OEWG on Nutrition
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Deadline to submit comments on HLPE e-consultation

Deadline to submit comments for the HLPE e-consultation on its Report on Nutrition and Food Systems
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CSM Prep-Meeting

CSM Working Group Preparatory Meeting
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OEWG on Nutrition

Second OEWG on Nutrition
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CSM Information Meeting on Nutrition

The Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) to the UN Committee on World Food Food Security (CFS) kindly invi...
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OEWG on Nutrition

Third and last OEWG on Nutrition
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October 2016

Meeting of the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group – 8 July 2016

May 2016 

3rd and last OEWG Meeting – 29 April 2016

CSM Speaking Points

Outcomes of the OEWG of 29 April elaborated by the CFS Secretariat

 2nd OEWG Meeting – 25 February 2016

CFS Document:

CSM Contributions to the OEWG meeting

Summary of CSM Interventions

Overview of some important actors in nutrition

Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting 2 February 2016

E-Consultation on the HLPE Report on Nutrition and Food Systems (25 January 2016)

Find here the CSM CSM Submission to HLPE e-consultation on Food System & Nutrition

1st OEWG Meeting – 14 January 2015

CFS Documents:

CSM Contributions

CFS OEWG Outcomes

Process in 2015

CSM contribution to the CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting on Nutrition (24 November 2015)

CSM Plenary Statement on SDG at CFS 42 (October 2015)


Process 2013-2015:


Stineke Oenema, ICCO

CSM Resources persons for the CFS Technical Task Team:

  • Stineke Oenema – ICCO
  • Biraj Patnaik – Right To Food Network India
  • Boureima Allaye Touré  – OMAE
  • Claudio Schuftan – People’s Health Movement

Please find here the full list of the Working Group members

 Archive of documents