What happens once a policy outcome is adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)? How does it find its way back from Rome – where it is elaborated – to the national and regional context – where it has to be implemented? How does it become an effective tool for real transformation on the ground? How do we overcome the challenges of implementing a non-binding set of policy recommendations or voluntary guidelines?

Monitoring is key to avoid that CFS policy outcomes end up gathering dust on the shelf. CFS underwent a radical reform in 2009. In that process, monitoring became one of the CFS’s key functions. Since CFS is not an implementing body, political will, resources and engagement by member states and UN agencies is crucial to allow policy outcomes to become alive on the ground. The engagement and role of CSIPM participating organizations’ at national and regional level is crucial to ensure the use, application and monitoring of the CFS policy tools.

The CSIPM Monitoring Working Group is tasked to build the path “from Rome to home” at the global level in articulation and synergy with the national and regional dimensions. The Working Group has come a long way in the past years in pushing for the development of an innovative monitoring mechanism for the CFS and to ensure the CFS complies with its mandate and accountability function as set out in the 2009 reform document. Together, we are still learning how to improve and continue monitoring work, create stronger mechanisms for accountability, and support the use and application of CFS policy outcomes. At the same time, it is a guarantee for the states, that the decisions and work done in the Committee, is deeply validated in reality.

The Working Group leads CSIPM’s engagement and articulates CSIPM’s experiences into CFS Monitoring processes. These include the Global Thematic Events held biannually with the aim of monitoring CFS comprehensive policy outcomes, and the CFS Plenary activities to monitor specific CFS Policy Recommendations. Through these exercises, it is possible to better understand the successes and challenges in implementing CFS outcomes and reaffirm the importance of ensuring human rights-based, participatory and community-led spaces of policy dialogues for monitoring and accountability at the CFS.

In line with “monitoring” as one of the CFS’s key functions, the CFS Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPoW) 2024-2027 – endorsed at CFS 51 in October 2023 – includes a workstream that focuses on the promotion of actions to increase awareness, ownership and use of CFS policy outcomes. The workstream is intended to foster an in-depth debate on enhanced efforts by CFS stakeholders on how to increase its impact, promote the dissemination, ownership, use and uptake of all CFS policy agreements, leading to increased awareness, policy coherence and coordination at all levels.

Through an open and participatory process, this workstream is expected to lead to the preparation of an Action Plan that will be presented for consideration and endorsement by the Committee at its 52nd Plenary Session in October 2024. The Action Plan will identify areas of work where improvements are required, recommend relevant follow-up actions and outline roles and responsibilities of the different CFS stakeholders.

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