CFS 49th Plenary Session 11-14 October 2021

CFS 47th Plenary Session 8-11 February 2020 In this page you will find all the information related to the CFS 47th Plenary Session that will be held entirely online. Please find here the following information and background documents for the session: Official CFS 47 Documents Branded Public Provisional Agenda Branded Public Provisional Timetable  FAO Zoom meeting guidelines Registration Please note that to access the CFS Plenary Session, which will be held entirely via Zoom, you will need to register to the CFS 47 web portal by 22 January 2021. REGISTER HERE BEFORE 22 JANUARY 2021 ➡️Any questions related to registration for CFS-47, should be made to: [email protected]

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CSM Plenary Statements @CFS 47

CSM Plenary Statements at CFS 47th Plenary Session     On Food security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030 | 8 February 2021  Alberto Broch | COPROFAM  CSM Global Food Governance WG Nicole Yanes | IITC  CSM Youth Working Group  Kirtana Chandresekaran | FoEI CSM Global Food Governance WG     Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!   Global Thematic Event: Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crisis | 9 February 2021  Ahmed Sourani | GUPAP  CSM Coordination Committee  Mariam Aljaajaa | APN CSM Protracted Crisis WG Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!   CFS Multi-year Programme of Work (MYPoW) | 9 February 2021  Jessie McInnis | NFU – LVC CSM Youth Working Group Miriam Nobre | World March of Women CSM Women’s Working Group Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!     Endorsement and uptake of the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition | 10 February 2021 Shalmali Guttal | Focus on the Global South CSM Food Systems and Nutrition WG Isabel Álvarez Vispo | Urgenci CSM Food Systems and Nutrition WG  Hamadi  Mohamed Abba | ADJMOR CSM Food Systems and Nutrition WG Read the three statements here! *Shalmali Guttal’s intervention was delivered during CSM Policy Briefing Watch the videos: Isabel Álvarez Vispo | Stefano Prato | Hamadi Mohamed Abba     Special Session: “Impacts of CFS Policy Products on Country-level Food Security and Nutrition and COVID Recovery”  | 11 February 2021  Nora McKeon | Terra Nuova CSM Global Food Governance Nzira de Deus | World March of Women CSM Youth Working Group Watch the video here! Read the statement here! Watch the video here! Read the statement here!      

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CSM Declarations on the VGFSyN during the CFS 47th Plenary

Speech by Shalmali Guttal | 10 February | CSM Policy Briefing Good afternoon everyone. My name is Shalmali Guttal and I am joining you from India. My organisation, Focus on the Global South, is a participating organisation in the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism—the CSM. We are also in the CSM Liaison Group on the UN Food Systems Summit. I will share with you our key messages regarding the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition—the VGFSyN—and its nexus with the UN Food Systems Summit. The CSM is not able to take a decision today regarding our endorsement, or not, of the VGFSyN.  The CSM is a collective space with participating organisations from 11 constituencies and 17 sub regions across the world. We need to conduct a comprehensive process of consultations with our participants to reach a final decision, which was not possible in the five days since the negotiations were concluded. But at this time, we want to make clear that the CSM is deeply disappointed with the outcome and process of the negotiations, and we have profound reservations about the content of the VGFSyN, given that most, if not all our priority issues are not meaningfully reflected in the final document. These include: the absence of human rights as the central pillar of food systems transformation; omission of the right to safe drinking water; no recommendations on reduction of pesticides and dangerous agro-chemicals; the dilution of the importance of agroecology, which could narrow the scope and ambition of the upcoming negotiations in the CFS on agreocology; no recognition of territorial markets as crucial economic spaces for food systems; lack of clear identification of the harm caused by misleading marketing; and inappropriate funding of nutrition interventions. The document does not recognize the roles of industrial agriculture and food production in precipitating the climate crisis, ecological destruction and related pandemics; of ultra-processed foods on malnutrition and chronic health problems; and of long supply chains and trade agreements on local/domestic food systems, livelihoods, and access to food and water. The VGFSyN has walked away from the recognition of the public purpose of food systems: the regulation of trade, investment and corporations in the public interest is almost non-existent in the document; as is guidance for recalibrating public policies towards addressing power imbalances in society, and strengthening local and resilient food systems based on agroecology, and the communal and public economy

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food: “Let the CFS be the place where governments take action”

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 have to provide this video instead. COVID-19 has not only been a public health crisis, but it has also generated a hunger crisis. The virus is new, but it has been predictably harshest on marginalised people. In fact, the world was falling behind on fully realising the right to food even before the current pandemic. The number of hungry and undernourished people in the world has been rising since 2015. And the situation is getting worse. The virus continues to ravage humanity; even with new vaccines, it will be some time before the global health situation stabilises and it will be at least a decade before the world recovers economically. Meanwhile, Member States and international organisations have not yet come together to tackle the looming hunger crisis. Different international organisations are doing their best. But there remains no internationally coordinated action responding to the hunger crisis caused by the pandemic. Not at the General Assembly, not at the Human Rights Council, and not at the Committee on World Food Security. I should add that COVID-19 is not on the Food Systems Summit’s agenda. In other side events, I have addressed why a human rights approach is needed to tackle COVID-19. I want to focus my remarks here on why the CFS is best positioned to take on the hunger crisis that this virus has exacerbated. Remember that the CFS was first created in 1974 because of the spread of global famine and hunger. The CFS was reenergised in 2010 because of the food crisis. And today, we face the existential crisis of climate change. This global pandemic is only a practice run for what lies ahead. The CFS is already well positioned to act. Today’s panelists are able to articulate how the CFS can quickly act based on existing reports and policy instruments. These are things like the HLPE Issues Paper on COVID-19, the CFS Tenure Guidelines, the CFS Framework for Action in Protracted Crisis, the International Labour Organisation Policy Recommendations, and my newest report to the

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CFS 47th Plenary Session 8-11 February 2021

CFS 47th Plenary Session 8-11 February 2020 In this page you will find all the information related to the CFS 47th Plenary Session that will be held entirely online. Please find here the following information and background documents for the session: Official CFS 47 Documents Branded Public Provisional Agenda Branded Public Provisional Timetable  FAO Zoom meeting guidelines Registration Please note that to access the CFS Plenary Session, which will be held entirely via Zoom, you will need to register to the CFS 47 web portal by 22 January 2021. REGISTER HERE BEFORE 22 JANUARY 2021 ➡️Any questions related to registration for CFS-47, should be made to: [email protected]

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CFS High-Level Events in October

CFS High-Level Virtual Events 13-15 October 2020 IMPORTANT! Registrations to the CFS High-Level events of 13-15 October are closing on October 8th.  In order to register please click here and follow the instructions. You will receive a confirmation email with the details to access the event. When putting the name of your organisation while registering please write: Name of your organisation /CSM CFS High Level Events background documents CFS Chair’s Summary  Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFS Bureau decided to postpone the 47th CFS Plenary Session to 8-12 of February 2021. Nevertheless, it was agreed to make use of the dates originally booked for the plenary session to hold instead a three-days CFS high-level virtual events from 13 to 15 of October. Please find here the agenda of the virtual sessions. These three days do not foresee any policy decision-making moment, but will foster the policy dialogue among CFS members and participants across key policy issues that have been on the agenda of the Committee of this year. Such issues include the findings of the latest HLPE Report “Food Security and nutrition: building a global narrative towards 2030”, which also contains relevant policy recommendations towards a possible CFS policy response to Covid and call for a radical transformation of current food systems, the findings of the SOFI Report 2020, as well as a debate on the current CFS policy negotiations of the Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and other innovative approaches, and their link and contribution to the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit. On 15 of October, the CFS is also expected to honor, as it has done in past years, the UN International Day of Rural Women in its opening session by having the voice of a rural woman addressing the virtual event. As you can see ministerial presence is confirmed in the panel discussions throughout the three days, as well as CSM interventions. As a result of these three days the CFS Chair will draft, in consultation with the CFS Bureau members, a Summary of the events. It is still not clear if this summary will also be included as part of the background documents that will inform CFS policy decisions in February. Moreover, a limited number of partners’ events will be also taking place virtually during these three days, prior and after the main events. Find the timetable here. The CSM

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CSM Plenary Statements @CFS 46

CFS Plenary Statements @ CFS 46   CSM Closing Plenary Statement  (18 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Emily Mattheisen, FIAN International (Germany) https://youtu.be/5s9Hdmf8IIA     CSM Plenary Statement on the occasion of the CFS Special Event on Youth (18 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Jessie McInnis, Youth Vice-President of National Farmers Union (Canada) https://youtu.be/Ela1xAgGnEk CSM Plenary Statement on the occasion of the CFS Special Event on Youth (18 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Margarita Gomez, La Via Campesina (Argentina) https://youtu.be/Zlxyjt5BuhI CSM Plenary Statement on the occasion of the CFS Special Event on Youth (18 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Nasmin Choudhoury, ActionAid (India) https://youtu.be/Up6gqoi7Y7U   CSM Plenary Statement on the occasion of the CFS Special Event on Youth (18 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Nzira Deus, World March of Women (Mozambique) https://youtu.be/RSF-NmZJYdI   CSM Plenary Statement on Monitoring (17 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Andrea Ferrante, Schola Campesina (Italy) https://youtu.be/7XXglU7SpDI   CSM Panel Contribution on Monitoring (17 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Editrudith Lukanga, WFF (Tanzania) https://youtu.be/GRL8h5txxjY   CSM Plenary Statement on MYPoW (17 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam Solidaritè (Belgium)   https://youtu.be/EX5xWnMuL68   CSM Plenary Statement on the CFS launch of the UN Decade on Family Farming (17 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Patti Naylor, La Via Campesina (USA) Read the Statement here https://youtu.be/AMobaEfN3hk   CSM Plenary Statement on Agroecology and other innovations (16 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Ali Aii Shatou, IPACC (Cameroon) Read the Statement here https://youtu.be/PztDzAGKfDw   CSM Contribution from the Panel on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (15 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Patti Rundall, IFBAN (UK) https://youtu.be/pRLroIioi4s   CSM Plenary Statement on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (15 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Hernando Salcedo, FIAN Colombia (Colombia) https://youtu.be/obcOG8hHZhI     CSM Plenary Statement on Urbanisation and Rural Transformation (15 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Andre Luzzi, HIC, (Brazil) https://youtu.be/AHwE1TNeGm8     CSM Plenary Statement on Food Systems and Nutrition (15 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Isabel Álvarez Vispo, Urgenci (Spain) Read the Statement here https://youtu.be/JW_dJNXx9Hs     CSM Plenary Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women (15 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Silvia Dywili, World March of Women (Mozambique) Read the Statement here https://youtu.be/icRm5yRZwQ8 CSM Contribution from the Panel on SDGs (14 October 2019) Delivered on behalf of CSM by Mrinal Tripura, Maleya Foundation (Bangladesh) Read the Statement here https://youtu.be/xMfqSul46Zs   CSM Contribution from

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