CSM Policy Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Saúl Vicente Vazquez – International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), Mexico
- Anaru Fraser – International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), New Zealand
- Alberta Guerra – Action Aid International/IFSN, Italy
- Stefano Prato – Society for International Development (SID), Italy
CSM Resource Person for the CFS Technical Task Team on SDG
- Stefano Prato – Society for International Development (SID)
Here the Full List of Members of SDG WG
To join the Working Group please write to the CSM Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of the CFS Open-Ended Working Group on SDG: Wim Olthoff – EU Delegation
The CSM Working Group (WG) was established during the CSM Forum of October 2015. The Working Group had the task to draft and consolidate CSO’s positions, visions and inputs into the CFS workstream on “CFS engagement with Sustainable Development Goals” for the biennium 2016-2017 as approved by the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPoW) endorsed at the 42nd CFS Plenary Session in October 2015.
The CSM WG continues to be actively engaged in contributing to the CFS inter-sessional activities on this topic (Open-Ended Working Groups) toward the upcoming Plenary Sessions and drafting of the CFS contributions to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).
Summary of the CSM Position Paper on CFS Engagement on SDG – 2015
The CSM started its discussion in preparation of CFS 42 with the aim to bring the different constituencies on the same page, as there is a situation of engagement discrepancy on SDG between the NGOs, social movements and indigenous people. Currently the CSM internal process of consultation is ongoing but is not yet finalized.
The points contained in the CSM Preliminary document can be summarised in three parts that provide:
- An assessment of the elements of strength and concern of the 2030 Agenda.
- A set of principles that should guide the engagement of the CFS with 2030 Agenda.
- Three main domains where the CFS engagement can materialize.
The CSM WG acknowledges the positive elements such as: a) the universal framework; b) its broadness and comprehensiveness; c) the explicit reference to the CFS; d) its inclusiveness.
The WG also identified some elements of concerns: a) a weak reference to the HRs framework (which is referred to in the opening part of the agenda but in other parts of agenda there is a framing on needs instead of rights). There is also concern on Goal 2 with lacks a reference to the RtAF; b) it is a mainstream agenda, and does not necessarily address several structural determinants and root causes of the problems it claims to address. One concern is the unsubstantial and superficial way in which multi-stakeholder’s partnership are portrayed with no mention of the conflict of interest; c) There is an asynchrony between the ambition agenda proposed and the inadequacy of means for its implementation; d) Data revolution is important but there is the need to acknowledge the participation of those most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms by avoiding technocratic flows.
Preamble: the CSM has a concern on the directionality between the CFs and SDGs. It shouldn’t be on how the 2030 Agenda will change the CFS, but the other way around, how the 2030 Agenda reinforces and reaffirm the centrality of the CFS mandate and processes.
- Full respect and enhancement of the current CFS mandate (GSF)
- Centrality of Human Rights (the perspective of the RtAF)
- Centrality of past and potential future policy products. Encompassing the agenda brings a risk of making superficial the discussion. The elaboration and processes of the thematic platform such as CFS should be respected. CFS could contribute to the 2030 Agenda with its sophisticated products.
- Subsidiarity within the CFS and the Assembly
- Engagement of those primarily affected by food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms.
- A) Normative: strengthening CFS normative instruments of the past, present and future.
- B) Coordination: importance of policy coherence with RtAF and GSF.
- C) Monitoring and accountability: deeply embedded in the direct participation of those primarily affected and complementary of the approach on data and indicators.
CSM WG also highlighted its main concerns on the draft documents submitted for discussion to the OEWG:
- a) Inclusive and participatory approach by establishing a TTT under the lead of the Secretariat, open to Advisory Group Members, that does not affect the tight timeline.
- b) Concerning the OEWG’s objective Point D should be the overall one.
- c) Concerns on the guiding questions drafted by the Secretariat as they could mislead the CFS reflection on its engagement with SDG.
Read the full CSM Preliminary Position Paper on CFS Engagement on SDG
Process 2017 – 2018
23 July 2018
Meeting of the CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting
Background documento for the this agenda item:
25 June 2018
The meeting aimed at sharing relevant updates, debating and agreeing on the CFS draft 2019 contribution to the HLPF as well as the draft decision text for CFS 45
- Draft decision box
- Stocktaking of CFS Visibility and Uptake in New York
- List of Countries presenting Voluntary National Reviews in 2018
- HLPF Contribution
- CFS Outcomes
11 June 2018
Deadline for submission of written comments
1 June 2018
The meeting will debate on the draft outline of the CFS Contribution to the HLPF for 2019
Contribution of the CFS to the HLPF 2018 -Final Version
End of March 2018
Follow-up of the CFS meeting of 20 March 2018
20 March 2018
The meeting aims at finalizing the contribution that CFS has prepared to send to the 2018 High Level Political Forum review, held under the theme “Transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies”, and in which SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15 will be under focus, in addition to SDG17.
- First note of the OEWG Chair
- Second note of the OEWG Chair
- Letter of ECOSOC President to the CFS
- Revised Draft CFS Contribution to the HLPF 2018 and key messages
13 March 2018
- CSM Written contributions to the Draft CFS Contribution to the HLPF 2018
- Written comments to the Draft CFS Contribution to the HLPF 2018 were sent by: Russian Federation, South Africa, Switzerland, USA, CGIAR, PSM, WFP
MYPoW on SDG 2018-2019
CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2018-2019)
28. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015 calls for a global shift in the approach to development and provides a new framework for countries to implement their commitment to leaving no one behind, including eradicating hunger and malnutrition. The 2030 Agenda explicitly recognizes the important role and inclusive nature of CFS to advance food security and nutrition and particularly speaks to the inclusive and multisectorial mandate of the Committee. At its 42nd Session in 2015, CFS decided to put the 2030 Agenda at the center of its efforts, and at CFS 43 it endorsed a strategy (CFS 2016/43/6) to support global and country-led efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and achieve the SDG targets related to food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture.
Objectives and expected outcomes
29. In line with the agreed strategy, the Committee will pursue its commitment to mainstream the SDGs in its workstreams, supported by specific activities:
- Sharing lessons and exchanging on good practices and challenges in advancing food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the context of the 2030 Agenda implementation, building for instance on voluntary national reports to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF);
- Contributing to global follow-up and review efforts through interactions with the HLPF and thematic progress review discussions, based on UN monitoring reports.
30. To discuss global and regional progress and challenges in achieving food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture, discussions will take place in CFS 45 and CFS 46 in 2018 and 2019, based on UN reporting such as the ‘State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’ and the UN Secretary General’s annual progress report on the SDGs, and taking into due consideration the views of groups and constituencies that are most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition.
31. To understand what policies and measures are effective at promoting cross-sectoral integration and inclusiveness, how challenges have been addressed in different contexts and how the application of CFS tools effectively supports country-led efforts towards the SDG targets, lessons sharing sessions will take place during CFS 45 and CFS 46.
32. The Committee will reflect on the way it develops inputs to the HLPF for 2019 and beyond, based on feedback received from its submission in 2016 and 2017. The Committee will consider continuing its engagement to HLPF reviews beyond 2019, based on the conclusions of the CFS evaluation follow-up as it relates to SDGs, and the update of the UNGA resolution on follow-up and review arrangements for the next HLPF cycle.
33. The CFS Bureau and Advisory Group have the responsibility to oversee the mainstreaming of SDGs in all of CFS work and the progress of activities specifically related to the 2030 Agenda.
34. Contributions to the HLPF will be developed by the CFS Secretariat supported by a technical task team, based on substantive guidance on the issues to be prioritized resulting from an open meeting facilitated by a Member. The contributions will be finalized in a further open, facilitated meeting, and conveyed to the CFS Bureau in consultation with the Advisory Group after consideration in Plenary.
35. The sessions “Lessons learned implementing the 2030 Agenda” in Plenary will continue to be organized by the CFS Secretariat, in collaboration with countries and interested stakeholders, which will also ensure dissemination of the results, lessons learned and good practices for other thematic discussions at national, regional or global level.
36. The global progress review sessions will continue to be organized by the Secretariat, in collaboration with the relevant UN system agencies monitoring country progress, and which will consult with the Bureau and the Advisory Group. Additional costs which need to be covered through extrabudgetary contributions
Process 2016 – 2017
CFS 44 Plenary Session Outcomes – 13 October 2017
CFS Plenary Session Documents – 9/13 October 2017
- CFS Contribution to the High Level Political Forum 2018 with Draft decision
- Lessons learned in implementing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
CFS OEWG on SDGs
CFS Advisory Group and Bureau meeting
CFS OEWG on SDGs
This meeting will mostly be dedicated to discussing a draft outline of the submission that CFS would be proposing for the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) review under the theme “Transformation towards resilient and sustainable societies”, as well as to discuss the form which future CFS engagement in support of the SDGs will take in 2018-2019, to support the finalization of the MYPoW.
CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting
- CFS Contribution to the 2017 High Level Political Forum Review “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” – For discussion and Bureau adoption
- CSM Contribution on this topic
CFS OEWG on SDGs
Last OEWG meeting to prepare CFS’s contribution to the 2017 HLPF review. The document agreed will be approved in the Bureau meeting of 10 May 2017. Once approved it will be sent to the HLPF by the CFS Chair.
3 of March
CFS OEWG on SDGs
This meeting will focus on advancing CFS written contribution to the 2017 HLPF review, expected early May 2017 by the UN Secretariat in New York, as well as draft key messages drawn from the contribution. The meeting will also dedicate some time for an exchange of views on the work envisaged in the next biennium to support CFS’ engagement with the 2030 Agenda, to support ongoing MYPoW discussions on the Committee’s work in the next biennium.
- “CFS engagement with the 2030 Agenda beyond 2017”
- Zero-draft contribution to HLPF 2017
- Zero-draft key messages opening contribution to HLPF 2017
CFS OEWG on SDGs
The meeting will be webcast at http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4023/icode/
This first OEWG meeting on SDG will address the following topics: 1) Exchange updates on NY developments, including the Resolution adopted in the Second Committee of UNGA and preparations for the HLPF 2017 (for information and discussion); 2) CFS strategy for stakeholders to better engage with the HLPF in 2017 beyond the written contribution (for discussion); 3) OEWG workplan 2017 (for discussion and agreement); Zero-draft key messages and zero-draft contribution outline to the 2017 HLPF review based on guidance received from CFS 43 Plenary (for discussion)
- OEWG Workplan 2017
- Letter ECOSOC
- Zero Draft elaborated Outline CFS Contribution to the 2017 HLPF Review
- Draft CFS Key Messages for HLPF 2017
- Letter from HLPE Chair to CFS Chair
- HLPE contribution to CFS for SDG2
- HLPE Reports 1-10 Summary and Recommendations
- CSM Preliminary Speaking Points
Process 2015 – 2016
CFS 43 Plenary Session – 17-21 October 2016
- CFS 43 Final Report including decisions taken on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Decision Box agreed on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
- CSM Plenary Statement
- Guidance note for CFS contribution to the 2017 United Nations High Level Political Forum
- Agenda and format of the CFS Special Event: From agreement to action towards implementing the 2030 Agenda: learning from the first volunteer national reviews
- CSM intervention during the CFS Special Event of 21 October 2016 (only in Spanish)
5th OEWG Meeting – 07 September 2016
CFS Background Documents:
- Guidance note for the CFS contribution to the 2017 United Nations High Level Political Forum
- CFS Outcomes
Meeting of the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group – 8 July 2016
4th OEWG Meeting – 22 June 2016
CFS Background Documents:
- Decision Box
- Proposal on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- How CFS Products and Policy Recommendations relates to the SDG
The OEWG will be webcasted at this link
CFS inter-sessional event “From the MDGs to the SDGs: Understanding the meaning of the “2030 Agenda” for Food Security and Nutrition” – WFP HQs 17 June 2016
Read the Concept Note
Written inputs on Draft proposal circulated on 2 June 2016
3rd OEWG Meeting – 27 April 2016
CFS Background Documents:
- Roadmap for the informal consultations on the Follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level
- Draft proposal on CFS engagement to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- ECOSOC Invitation for a CFS contribution to HLPEF 2016
- Mapping the CFS scope and products in relation to SDG targets
Outcomes of the OEWG meeting elaborated by the CFS Secretariat
Webcast of the OEWG meeting
3rd of March – Submission of CSM written comments on CFS annotated outline
Read CSM Written comments
2nd OEWG Meeting – 24 February 2016
CFS Background Documents
- Annotated Outline
- Compilation of Written Contributions
- Report of the UN Secretary General on follow-up and Review
- Background Mapping of CFS Products
- Presentation of the Report of the UN Secretary General
Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting 2 February 2016
- CSM Contributions to the CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting on SDG
- The OEWG Workplan for 2016 was approved by the Bureau Meeting of February 5th
1st OEWG Meeting- 21 January 2016
CFS Background Documents
- Possible Guiding Questions
- Background on the Post-2015 Process
- Background Mapping of the SDG
- Draft Workplan of the OEWG for 2016
- The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Process of the Working Group in 2015
CSM Plenary Statement on SDG at CFS 42 (October 2015)
- CFS and the SDG Challenge
- Click here to see the first video Plenary Statement
- Click here to see the second video Plenary Statement
Read the CSM contribution on CFS Engagement with SDGs during the Advisory Group and Bureau meeting of 24 November 2015
Extract from MYPoW 2016-2017 on CFS engagement with Sustainable Development Goals
- In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit of heads of state in New York for the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the foremost inclusive international platform dealing with food security and nutrition issues, CFS represents an exceptional forum to discuss ways and approaches towards implementing the SDGs on issues related to sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. Through its unique multi-stakeholder, broad-based and participatory platform, the Committee could identify strategic and coordinated actions and stay abreast of major international developments such as UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris, with a view to supporting country-led, national implementation of the SDGs.
- An OEWG will be established as of November 2015 to analyse those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition. Agencies and bodies, in addition to the Rome- based agencies, invited to provide technical support to the OEWG will be agreed by the Bureau following consultation with the Advisory Group. The objective would be to agree on how CFS as a global, multi-stakeholder committee can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements. It should act to address policy gaps that may impede SDG implementation and identify opportunities for accelerating progress on particular themes within the SDGs relevant to the mandate of CFS.
- The work of the OEWG could also consider CFS outputs and previous work carried out by the Committee (including HLPE reports and recommendation of the policy roundtables) which could be relevant for advancing implementation of the SDGs, and mainstream nutrition throughout its work.
- This process could also help promote inclusive and effective multi-stakeholder mechanisms at regional and national level that could advance implementation of the SDGs by sharing information and lessons learned via CFS’ multi-stakeholder approach. This would be consistent with the indicative roles foreseen in phase 2 of the CFS Reform Document.
- This preparatory phase will set the stage and enable discussion on the future objectives and expected outcomes of this work and its results would be presented at CFS 43 in 2016, which would take a decision on the next steps of the process.