The Most Violated Human Right Worldwide: the Right to Food

Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CSM) PRESS RELEASE New Global Society Report launched on the eve of the World Food Day 2018 Rome, 12 October 2018 – The right to food is a fundamental pillar to the right to life. Yet it is also arguably the most violated human right globally. Today, hundreds of millions of children, women and men – 821 million people – remain food insecure. A new global civil society report launched today in Rome provides comprehensive data and analysis on this alarming contradiction. The report will be officially presented at the Global Thematic Event on the Right to Food Guidelines* at the 45th plenary session of the UN Committee on World Food Security next week. The world is not on track to reach the Zero Hunger Goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2030. For the third year in a row, there is a rise in world hunger. According to the latest United Nations’ report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI 2018), the absolute number of undernourished people, i.e. those facing chronic food deprivation, has increased to nearly 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. “We want to make politicians understand the human tragedies and structural causes behind these figures, and that they are consequences of man-made policy failures that can and must be stopped. Those failures favour large scale investments at the expenses of the impoverished and marginalized populations, such as small-scale fishers and farmers” says Christiane Louwa from the World Forum of Fisher People, Co-Coordinator of the CSM fisherfolks’ constituency, from Kenya. “ “It is impossible to attain the Zero Hunger Goal without a radical change and a totally renewed commitment of governments towards policies which promote and protect our rights, the right to food, women’s rights, peasants’ rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, workers’ rights, and all human rights of the people most at risk or affected by food insecurity and malnutrition” says Ramona Duminicioiu from La Vía Campesina, CSM Co-Coordinator of the smallholder farmers’ constituency, from Romania. “Full respect to women’s rights is a precondition for an effective fight against the causes of hunger”, says Azra Sayeed from the International Women’s Alliance and Co-Coordinator of the CSM women’s constituency, from Pakistan. “There are still governments objecting our rights. Each day they do so, they prolong the

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Press Conference: Launch of Global Civil Society Report on Right to Food

On the eve of the World Food Day Friday 12 October, 11h30-12h00 (Roma) VENUE: Auditorium Antonianum, Viale Manzoni 1, Rome. KEY RELATED TOPICS: World Food Day (16/10); International Rural Women Day (15/10); UN Committee on World Food Security Plenary Session. INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS: Ramona Duminicioiu – La Via Campesina – Romania Azra Sayeed – International Women’s Alliance – Pakistan Christiana Louwa – World Forum of Fisher Peoples – Kenya Margarita Gómez – La Via Campesina – Argentina Languages: English and Spanish (there will be interpretation).   ORGANIZER: Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism (CSM) for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security The press conference will be LIVESTREAMED.   See CSM MEDIA ADVISORY and PRESS KIT for further information.   DIRECT CONTACT NUMBERS: 00351 916 393 540 and 0039 334 342 1146 Whatsapp: 00258 822605010 Twitter: @CSM4CFS Email: [email protected]

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Global civil society and grassroots movements in Rome to influence world food policies

Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security MEDIA ADVISORY Rome, 8 October 2018 – The recently released United Nations report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI 2018) confirms that global hunger is raising for the third time in a row. At least 821 million people are going hungry in the world today. If no substantial and comprehensive action for change is taken now, the world will never reach the Sustainable Development Goal to end hunger in 2030. One of the key action for change is strengthening inclusiveness in global food policy discussions.  The United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was reformed in 2009 for this purpose, which included the establishment of an autonomous Civil Society Mechanism (CSM), and is since the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform on food security and nutrition on the global level. As the upcoming 45th plenary session of the CFS approaches, civil society is mobilizing globally towards Rome, Italy, to hold its CSM Annual Forum, October 13-14, in which global struggles for food and nutrition are linked to the local dimensions. This forum also serves as a space to weave and consolidate positions and key messages to be delivered at the CFS Plenary Session, taking place at the FAO headquarters in October 15-19. A delegation of more than 300 participants from various civil society sectors is therefore expected to soon gather in Rome. The CSM Annual Forum brings together representatives from all CSM constituencies and all continents: smallholder and family farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, agricultural and food workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure and NGOs. Civil society has been making efforts to contribute to food policy debates for many years. After the reform of the CFS, in 2009, the Civil Society Mechanism was formed to facilitate civil society participation into the policy process of the CFS. This has made the CFS a unique experience in the UN, particularly for organizations of small-scale producers, which has allowed many of social movements concerns and proposals to be included into the decisions of the Member States. In addition to the forum and CFS plenary session, the CSM will hold a series of side events (see press kit for detailed calendar) to stress the importance of promoting, protecting and fulfilling human rights of all people, including the Right to Food. A civil society PRESS CONFERENCE

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CSM Forum Draft Agenda!

CSM FORUM 13 – 14 October 2018 Green Room, FAO HQs,  Rome Draft Agenda of the CSM Forum   Background documents: CSO Report on the use and implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines Overview of CSM engagement to CFS Processes November 2017//September 2018 CSM Declaration towards CFS 45 CSM Evaluation Draft CSM Annual Report 2017//2018 Calendar of CSM activate during CFS Plenary Week Logistic Note     SAVE THE DATE!  Read the Special Edition of the CSM Update and follow all the steps for the registration to the CSM Forum and CFS 45th Plenary Session!  To register please complete the two steps! Deadline for registration is 21 September 2018 ————————————————————————————————————————————- STEP 1 for Registration The CSM Forum will take place on 13 and 14 of October 2018 in Rome. This year we have created this form to help us in the registration process and support the improvement of data collection for the CSM. So thanks in advance for filling out the form! There is a unique form for the three languages English (EN), French (FR) and Spanish (ES). All information collected will only be used for registration purposes and anonymous data collection. After completing this step related to the CSM Forum, please proceed registering also to CFS 45th portal. This step is necessary to obtain a building pass to attend the CSM Forum in FAO HQs. Please proceed registering to the CFS Portal even if you do not plan to attend the CFS Plenary Session.  Click here to fill the form! ———————————————————————– STEP 2 for Registration In order to attend the CSM Forum and the CFS 45 Plenary Session, please complete STEP 2 by clicking to the link and register to the CFS 45 portal Click here to register to CFS web portal CSM Forum 13//14 October 2018 Each year the CSM holds its Annual Forum prior to the CFS Plenary Session and it is open to all interested civil society participants of the CSM. This two-days forum is a fundamental moment and space for the CSM. At the Forum, CSOs are able to debate, consolidate, articulate and finalise their positions that will be shared and brought to the CFS Plenary Session. Prior to the Annual Forum the CSM Coordination Committee (CC) holds its annual meeting. The Forum is as well a space for accountability, where CC members report to all participating CSOs about their work, performance and activities. Finally the

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Civil Society Report on the use and implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines

Independent Civil Society Report on the use and implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines Download the full Report here!   The CFS’ monitoring of the use and application of the RTF Guidelines  comes at an important moment. The protection, promotion and realization of human rights – including the right to food – is now at a critical juncture. Human rights spaces are under threat with the rise of authoritarian governments, xenophobic and nationalistic forces, and the trend towards declining authority of public sector policy-making to the benefit of private sector entities and interests. The CFS, too, is experiencing resistance to its human rights mandate. References to the right to food and human rights in the context of the CFS’ normative work are consistently challenged by some states. The CFS rules and practices that underlie its legitimacy by privileging the voice of those most affected by the policies under discussion are in danger of being eroded. Avowed concern for efficiency  and cost-control, risk de-politicizing the CFS’ work and weakening its impact. Compounding the political struggles, for the first time  in a decade, the number of food insecure has increased – with rates moving from 784 million in 2015 to an alarming 821 million in 2017. Mainstream reports cite the increasing number of conflicts and climate-shocks as the  main driver of rising levels of hunger and malnutrition, together with growing rates of unemployment and the deterioration of social protection nets. However, this analysis fails to also fully address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition linked to gender, race, class, and access to resources, as well as the increasing influence of corporations at all levels, including in food production and consumption habits, pricing, and marketing. It has never been so important to reflect on the space and significance of human rights and the right to food. Monitoring in the context of the CFS provides an opportunity to consider how the normative understanding of the right to food has advanced since the adoption of the RTF Guidelines , to document success in right to food implementation and to critically assess where (and why) violations of the right to food persist. It also provides an opportunity to establish spaces of accountability, to give voice to those most affected by violations of the right to food and nutrition, and to plan for the future. .

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HLPE Electronic consultation on the zero draft of the Agroecology and other innovations Report

HLPE Report on Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition eConsultation on the V0 Draft During its 44th Plenary Session (9-13 October 2017), the CFS requested the HLPE toproduce a report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition”, to be presented at CFS 46th Plenary session in October 2019. As part of the process of elaboration of its reports, the HLPE is organizing a consultation to seek inputs, suggestions, and comments on the present V0 draft (for more details on the different steps of the process, see the Appendix in the V0 draft). The results of this consultation will be used by the HLPE to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert peer-reviewers, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. Please download the Draft V0 of the Report here.   Deadline for submissions is 5 November 2018 Download the introductory note from the HLPE here. Contributing to the V0 Draft The present V0 draft identifies areas for recommendations at a very early stage, and the HLPE would welcome suggestions or proposals. In order to strengthen the report, the HLPE would welcome submission of material, evidence-based suggestions, references, and concrete examples, in particular addressing the following important questions: The V0 draft is wide-ranging in analyzing the contribution of agroecological and other innovative approaches to ensuring food security and nutrition (FSN). Is the draft useful in clarifying the main concepts? Do you think that the draft appropriately covers agroecology as one of the possible innovative approaches? Does the draft strike the right balance between agroecology and other innovative approaches? Have an appropriate range of innovative approaches been identified and documented in the draft? If there are key gaps in coverage of approaches, what are these and how would they be appropriately incorporated in the draft? Does the draft illustrates correctly the contributions of these approaches to FSN and sustainable development? The HLPE acknowledges that these approaches could be better articulated in the draft, and their main points of convergence or divergence among these approaches could be better illustrated. Could the following set of “salient dimensions” help tocharacterize and compare these different approaches: human-rights base, farm size, local or global markets and food systems (short or long supply chain), labor or capital intensity (including mechanization),

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