CFS Regional Consultations on Gender Equality and Women and Girls’ Empowerment

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will hold six regional consultations between September and November 2021. These consultations will contribute to the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines (VGs) on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment (GEWE) in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition, in anticipation of a final draft being presented for consideration by the CFS Plenary at its 50th Session in October 2022.

The regional consultations are an opportunity to receive inputs, comments, and suggestions on how to best align the Guidelines with regional/national priorities and needs. 

Based on the CFS multi-actor model, the regional consultations will gather participants from governments, civil society and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, private sector associations, agricultural research organizations, UN bodies, international financial institutions, and private philanthropic foundations to ensure the multi-actor nature of the discussion.

Zero Draft of the Guidelines :

Arabic | Chinese | French | English | Portuguese| Spanish| Russian


As CSM we have started our internal preparations to collectively identify our regional policy priorities and to appoint the CSM spokesperson for each regional consultation.

CFS Member States and Non-member States alike will be invited on a regional basis. Regional coverage will be ensured according to FAO Governance membership: Latin America and the CarribeanEurope and Central AsiaAfricaNear East and North Africa, and Asia and the Pacific.

Each regional consultation will take place in two half-days of 3 hours duration each to guide the participants through the Zero Draft of the Guidelines and obtain structured feedback to enhance the next stages of the process. The consultation will be conducted virtually on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. The timing of the sessions in each region takes into account the time differences between countries of the same region. Interpretation will be provided in languages most relevant to each region.

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