The role of the Food Governance Working Group is to support the CSM Coordination Committee, the Advisory Group as well as the whole CSM transversally across other Working Groups on issues related to the role of the CFS in the overall food governance architecture. In this context, the WG takes a proactive approach on the following critical issues:

  • The role of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in the food and nutrition governance and its relations with other intergovernmental normative spaces and institutions, as well as with other international fora, platforms and initiatives;
  • The role of the CFS and its relations with other levels of food and nutrition governance, notably the regional and national levels, and related institutions and processes;
  • The human rights foundations of the CFS, with special but not exclusive reference to the human right to adequate food and nutrition in the context of the indivisibility of all human rights;
  • The challenges posed by conflicts of interest within the CFS and the exploration of possible ways to tackle them.

Finally, the WG also follows and contributes to some of the CFS processes and reports of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE).

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Updates and Events

Speech of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Michael Fakhri, at the CFS 47 Side Event "Developing effective policy responses to Covid-19: what is needed and what is the role of the CFS?" Hello, my name is Michael Fakhri. I am the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. I am sorry that I cannot be speaking to you live today but due to the pandemic and time zone differences, I hav...

During the 3rd and final round of negotiations of the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSyN), the representative of the United States proposed the following addition to the text: “Treaties in the list below are only relevant for the parties to each respective treaty; other documents listed are not legally binding and reference to them shall not be interpreted as a sign of...

POLICY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 The virus itself does not discriminate, but its impacts do, as the UN Secretary General has pointed out. There is increasing evidence from all parts of the world that the most affected by this health, food and economic crisis are the very same people who have been the most at risk before. The virus opens the eyes of the whole world to the horrific structural inequalitie...

The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples' Mechanism (CSM)  for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)  invites you to join  Today, 15 of October 2020, at 4.30 pm CET  its CFS partners event   "COVID-19 impacts: a transgenerational and women's viewpoint on food systems transformation" CSM Youth and Women constituencies from rural and urban contexts, will dialogue with t...

Voices from the ground: From COVID-19 to radical transformation of our food systems DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT HERE! Download the Short Policy Report here This report presents the experiences and concerns of millions of small-scale food producers, workers, consumers, women and youth represented in the organizations that participate in the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism (CSM)1. A...

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