Vacancy Announcement: Short-term Logistics Support for the CSM Secretariat

Recruitment of a Short-term Logistics Support for the Secretariat of the Civil Society Mechanism The Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is recruiting for the period 1st September – 31st October 2016, a: Logistics Support person (Location: Rome, Italy) The requested person will be asked to support the CSM Secretariat in the organization of the upcoming CSM/CFS events in October such as: CSM Coordination Committee (13-14 October), CSM Forum (15-16 October), CSO participation in the CFS 42nd Session (17-21 October) and in the systematization of the CSM archive when events are concluded (24-31 October) by: Providing the needed logistical support helping with: booking of flights and hotels, facilitate the release of Visas, reimbursement of participants expenses, registration to the CFS 42nd session; Supporting the communication and information flows within the CSM members, CSM working groups participants, during the CFS/CSM meetings in Rome. Systematising the CSM archives after the conclusion of the events Preparing folders and meeting materials The CSM is looking for a person who: Is fluent in English. Knowledge of an additional language such as Spanish and French is an asset Has good knowledge of excel and Apple OS Is committed, responsible and proactive with good problem-solving skills Has a proved working experience in the organization and preparation of meetings and events with peoples’ organisations and social movements Is able to work in a multi-cultural environment and able to contribute harmonically to team work Is Rome-based and able to adapt to a flexible working schedule Preferably has knowledge of CFS or FAO context Read the full announcement Deadline for submission is 13 of July 2016

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Launch of the HLPE Report on Sustainable Agricultural Development, including the role of Livestock

Launch of the HLPE report Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition: what roles for livestock? Friday 1 July 2016, 9:30-12:30 FAO HQ, Red Room, Rome Provisional agenda  9.30  Event chaired by the CFS Chair, H.E. Ambassador Amira Gornass Opening by the CFS Chair 9.35 Introduction of the HLPE Report Patrick Caron, HLPE Steering Committee Chair 9:40 HLPE Report presentation Main findings (20’) + Recommendations (10’) Wilfrid Legg, HLPE Project Team Leader 10.10 Question and Answer session Discussion moderated by the CFS Chair 12:20 Concluding remarks by the CFS Chair 12.30 End of meeting Webcast: The launch will be webcast live here Interpretation: Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the room in the 6 official languages Reports: HLPE reports are available here

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CSM Side Events at CFS 43

Important information on CSM organized Side events for CFS 43 After assessing the CSM side events selection’s procedure of last years, the Coordination Committee during its meeting in May 2016 agreed a new way to define the CSM organized side events to the CFS Annual Session. This new procedure will be started this year and aims to propose the CSM organized Side events around priority themes identified for the upcoming Annual Session. All interested organizations in the CSM are invited to join the preparation of a specific proposal for these priority themes, while the lead for the elaboration of the specific side event proposal is with the corresponding CSM WG. The new procedure also tries to avoid the competition among CSOs (so that the CC had to chose 5 out of 15 proposals, which was frustrating for those CSO whose proposals were not chosen) and to instead foster  the inclusiveness of CSM participating organizations. The CC identified five priority themes for CSM organized side events proposals for 2016: 1) Sustainable agricultural Development, including livestock, related to the upcoming HLPE report and policy roundtable at CFS 43; 2) Territorial approaches to Food Security and Nutrition, in relation with the CFS workstreams on smallholders to markets and urbanisation/rural transformation worktreams; 3) Safeguards against conflict of interest in the CFS, proposal coming from  the nutrition working group, but seen as a general challenge for the CFS; 4) Monitoring and implementation (in relation to the work of the CSM Working group on Monitoring, including the efforts on VGGT, FFA on Protracted Crises, and other CFS Decisions as contained in the GSF in general); 5) Food Sovereignty, including agroecology and genetic resources, related to the proposals made by the CSM for the future agenda of the CFS.  All CSM participating organisations are invited to contact the CSM Secretariat and to indicate to which of these side events they want to contribute. They will then be included in the list of the corresponding preparatory group. Please take note that all five CSM side event proposals must be submitted to the CFS Secretariat by 8 July. If you have questions about the procedure, please contact the CSM Secretariat: cso4cfs@gmail.com

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New HLPE Report on Sustainable Forestry

New HLPE Report on Sustainable Forestry Please take note that the Zero Draft of the HLPE Report on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition is now submitted to an open e-consultation. Deadline for comments is the 4th of July. All CSO that are interested to follow this process are invited to join the new CSM Working Group on Forestry that will contribute to the drafting of the report and the political process after its launch in 2017. Please send your expression of interest to the CSM Secretariat cso4cfs@gmail.com

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Negotiations on Connecting smallholders to Markets 8-9 June 2016

The CFS OEWG on Connecting Smallholders to Markets will take place on 8-9 June 2016 Read CSM proposals on CFS Recommendations on Connecting Smallholders to Markets submitted on the 27th of May! Read CSM Comments to the new Chair’s proposal submitted on the 27th of May! Read comments of other CFS actors to the Chair’s Proposal: Switzerland, IFAD, Brazil, Cyprus, Private Sector Mechanism (PSM), USA, European Union, Egypt, World Bank, WFO. Read the letter from the OEWG Chair on Methodology for the upcoming negotiations of 8-9 June. Read the new Chair’s proposal of 6 May To know more visit the CSM dedicated webpage!

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CSM Information Meeting on Markets

Invitation to a CSM Information Meeting:  Civil Society Perspectives on Smallholders’ Access to Markets    Date:            27 April, 8:30-10:00am Venue:           Austria Room, FAO HQ Coffee, tea and cornetti will be offered from 8:00-8:30am    The Information meeting will provide an overview about the perspectives and expectations of small-scale food producer organizations for the final period of the CFS workstream on “Connecting Smallholders to Markets.” Spokespersons from the CSM constituencies of farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous people, pastoralists, agricultural workers and consumers will present and explain the priorities and proposals from civil society on the policy recommendations under discussion in the CFS in the coming weeks.   The event is open to all members and participants of the CFS. Interpretation to English, French and Spanish will be provided. See the Flyer

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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 invites you to a CSM Information Meeting on Monday 4 of April 2016 from 09.30 to 11.30 am in the LEBANON ROOM at FAO HQs  “The Role of the CFS in the Global Architecture of Nutrition Governance” We would highly appreciate your presence.The event is open to all CFS Members and Participants.    Click here to see the Flyer 

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Call to send inputs for the elaboration of an independent CSO Report on the use and application of the VGGTs

CSM WG on monitoring Call to send inputs for the elaboration of an independent CSO report on the use and application of VGGT as input to the global thematic session during CFS 43   The CSM WG on monitoring is preparing the elaboration of an independent CSO report on the use and application of VGGT as input to the global thematic session during CFS 43 . All CSO are invited to submit their inputs into this process. To facilitate the gathering of inputs and the consolidation of the report, the CSM WG on monitoring has developed the following simple draft questionnaire to help preparing reports: How have VGGT been used at a national, sub-national or regional level? Please describe your own activities as CSOs and the activities that you are aware of having been undertaken by governments, international agencies/donors and the private sector. What impacts have your CSOs activities had? What impacts have the activities undertaken by other actors had? In the past four years, what have been the main developments with regard to governance of tenure in your country? Have there been tenure conflicts? If yes, please describe them and give concrete examples. Which role have VGGT played in solving these conflicts? In the past four years has your government undergone tenure reform or other reforms with impacts on tenure? Which role have VGGT played ? Have the groups most affected by landlessness, displacement, other forms of livelihoods loss and tenure insecurity been involved in tenure reforms and other legal/policy reforms with impacts on tenure in the last four years? Have VGGT helped women to claim and exercise their tenure rights? In which ways? Have you experienced cases of harassment, persecution or detention due to your activities in defence of your tenure rights in the last four years? Are the groups most affected by landlessness, displacement and other forms of livelihoods loss and tenure insecurity free to organize to defend their tenure rights? What are the main challenges ahead in terms of improving governance of tenure in your country? Can VGGT play a role to overcome them? What mechanisms exist in your country to monitor governance of tenure? Please send your inputs to monitoringvggt@gmail.com A team appointed by the CSM WG on monitoring will prepare a synthesis of all the inputs and reports received. This team will have the methodological support of recognized experts in the fields of tenure and monitoring

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CSM Working Group on Nutrition Preliminary Position!

CSM Nutrition Working Group – Preliminary Position  January 2016 This brief document aims to provide an initial conceptual framing to the CSM preparations for the CFS Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition. While waiting for the final proposal of the Technical Task Team, the CSM Working Group agreed to define an initial set of driving principles and ideas that could lead the CSM engagement in the OEWG process. Preamble 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. 1.     Role of the CFS in the global architecture of nutrition governance 1.1 Policy coherence: The prime legitimate intergovernmental policy spaces that have a mandate on nutrition are the FAO Conference[1] (food angle of nutrition), the World Health Assembly (health angle of nutrition)[2] and the CFS (policy coherence, across different policy domains, with the UN charter and with human rights/the right to adequate food and nutrition), in addition to the UN General Assembly (which delegates to its subsidiary bodies and specialized spaces in-depth thematic discussions). In reality, only the WHA and CODEX, and to a lesser extent the FAO Conference, played regular roles in nutrition policy making in recent years, though many agencies and programmes often transcended their implementation functions and contributed to establishing policies through their operations, despite not having a normative mandate. While this state of affairs generated significant fragmentation, it also means that there is no other legitimate body other than the CFS (unless one calls in the General Assembly) that is responsible for policy coherence (with the UN charter and the human rights framework) on nutrition. It is therefore important to “debug” the on-going narrative that suggests that the CFS needs to “find a niche and avoid duplication”. The role of the CFS should be complementary to those of

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