“The right to adequate food is the right to dignity and life”

Global Civil Society Forum consolidates positions towards CFS 45 Boaventura Monjane The Civil Society Global Forum, an annual gathering that brings together a diversity of organisations and individuals working on food and nutrition, opened this Saturday (13 October) in Rome, Italy. More than three hundred participants, from all continents gathered for two days to agree civil society’s positions ahead of the week‐long 45th Plenary Session of the UN World Committee on Food Security (CFS), 15‐19 October. Chairing the opening session of the forum, Saul Vicente Vasquez, from the Indigenous Peoples constituency, said the right to food, dignity and life cannot be dissociated from each other. “There is no dignity without adequate food and the right to adequate food is an essential human right that needs to be defended, respected and exercised worldwide,” he said. Speakers at the opening session includeed the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s General Director, the president of the CFS and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) representative. All acknowledged the tragic situation of rising world hunger and malnutrition. For civil society it is, therefore, essential to return a human rights approach to the heart of decision-making and governance on food security. “It is a human right that is violated and many people are deprived of food, as the UN report confirms”, said Ramona Dominicioiu, from the Civil Society Mechanism. Ramona was referring to the recently released UN report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, which finds that at least 821 million people – more than all of the current population of Europe together ‐ do not have enough to eat. The report confirms what those on the frontline of food insecurity know – the world is not on the right track when it comes to fighting global hunger and the ‘zero hunger’ by 2030 Sustainable Development Goal is at risk of not being met. The participants of the civil society forum, some of them from countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition, believe that their perspectives must be taken more seriously by the governments and institutions that take political and practical decisions on food governance. They represent constituencies including smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, agricultural and food workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure and NGOs. The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism (CSM) is the convener of the forum and articulates the voices and positions

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“Globalization, militarism and patriarchy perpetuate hunger”, Azra Sayeed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qTnXou5Q48&feature=youtu.be In this video, Azra Sayeed from International Women’s Alliance, Pakistan, explains the intercepts of militarism, patriarchy, Globalization, aid and HUNGER. If not progressive, laws, policies and institutions can perpetuate hunger and malnutrition, specially in women and children. Towards CFS, Azra message is: governments and people should sit down and talk, with no hierarchies, since “governments belong to us”, the people.

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The Most Violated Human Right Worldwide: the Right to Food

Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CSM) PRESS RELEASE New Global Society Report launched on the eve of the World Food Day 2018 Rome, 12 October 2018 – The right to food is a fundamental pillar to the right to life. Yet it is also arguably the most violated human right globally. Today, hundreds of millions of children, women and men – 821 million people – remain food insecure. A new global civil society report launched today in Rome provides comprehensive data and analysis on this alarming contradiction. The report will be officially presented at the Global Thematic Event on the Right to Food Guidelines* at the 45th plenary session of the UN Committee on World Food Security next week. The world is not on track to reach the Zero Hunger Goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2030. For the third year in a row, there is a rise in world hunger. According to the latest United Nations’ report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI 2018), the absolute number of undernourished people, i.e. those facing chronic food deprivation, has increased to nearly 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. “We want to make politicians understand the human tragedies and structural causes behind these figures, and that they are consequences of man-made policy failures that can and must be stopped. Those failures favour large scale investments at the expenses of the impoverished and marginalized populations, such as small-scale fishers and farmers” says Christiane Louwa from the World Forum of Fisher People, Co-Coordinator of the CSM fisherfolks’ constituency, from Kenya. “ “It is impossible to attain the Zero Hunger Goal without a radical change and a totally renewed commitment of governments towards policies which promote and protect our rights, the right to food, women’s rights, peasants’ rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, workers’ rights, and all human rights of the people most at risk or affected by food insecurity and malnutrition” says Ramona Duminicioiu from La Vía Campesina, CSM Co-Coordinator of the smallholder farmers’ constituency, from Romania. “Full respect to women’s rights is a precondition for an effective fight against the causes of hunger”, says Azra Sayeed from the International Women’s Alliance and Co-Coordinator of the CSM women’s constituency, from Pakistan. “There are still governments objecting our rights. Each day they do so, they prolong the

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Global civil society and grassroots movements in Rome to influence world food policies

Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security MEDIA ADVISORY Rome, 8 October 2018 – The recently released United Nations report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI 2018) confirms that global hunger is raising for the third time in a row. At least 821 million people are going hungry in the world today. If no substantial and comprehensive action for change is taken now, the world will never reach the Sustainable Development Goal to end hunger in 2030. One of the key action for change is strengthening inclusiveness in global food policy discussions.  The United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was reformed in 2009 for this purpose, which included the establishment of an autonomous Civil Society Mechanism (CSM), and is since the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform on food security and nutrition on the global level. As the upcoming 45th plenary session of the CFS approaches, civil society is mobilizing globally towards Rome, Italy, to hold its CSM Annual Forum, October 13-14, in which global struggles for food and nutrition are linked to the local dimensions. This forum also serves as a space to weave and consolidate positions and key messages to be delivered at the CFS Plenary Session, taking place at the FAO headquarters in October 15-19. A delegation of more than 300 participants from various civil society sectors is therefore expected to soon gather in Rome. The CSM Annual Forum brings together representatives from all CSM constituencies and all continents: smallholder and family farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, agricultural and food workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure and NGOs. Civil society has been making efforts to contribute to food policy debates for many years. After the reform of the CFS, in 2009, the Civil Society Mechanism was formed to facilitate civil society participation into the policy process of the CFS. This has made the CFS a unique experience in the UN, particularly for organizations of small-scale producers, which has allowed many of social movements concerns and proposals to be included into the decisions of the Member States. In addition to the forum and CFS plenary session, the CSM will hold a series of side events (see press kit for detailed calendar) to stress the importance of promoting, protecting and fulfilling human rights of all people, including the Right to Food. A civil society PRESS CONFERENCE

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CSM Forum Draft Agenda!

CSM FORUM 13 – 14 October 2018 Green Room, FAO HQs,  Rome Draft Agenda of the CSM Forum   Background documents: CSO Report on the use and implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines Overview of CSM engagement to CFS Processes November 2017//September 2018 CSM Declaration towards CFS 45 CSM Evaluation Draft CSM Annual Report 2017//2018 Calendar of CSM activate during CFS Plenary Week Logistic Note     SAVE THE DATE!  Read the Special Edition of the CSM Update and follow all the steps for the registration to the CSM Forum and CFS 45th Plenary Session!  To register please complete the two steps! Deadline for registration is 21 September 2018 ————————————————————————————————————————————- STEP 1 for Registration The CSM Forum will take place on 13 and 14 of October 2018 in Rome. This year we have created this form to help us in the registration process and support the improvement of data collection for the CSM. So thanks in advance for filling out the form! There is a unique form for the three languages English (EN), French (FR) and Spanish (ES). All information collected will only be used for registration purposes and anonymous data collection. After completing this step related to the CSM Forum, please proceed registering also to CFS 45th portal. This step is necessary to obtain a building pass to attend the CSM Forum in FAO HQs. Please proceed registering to the CFS Portal even if you do not plan to attend the CFS Plenary Session.  Click here to fill the form! ———————————————————————– STEP 2 for Registration In order to attend the CSM Forum and the CFS 45 Plenary Session, please complete STEP 2 by clicking to the link and register to the CFS 45 portal Click here to register to CFS web portal CSM Forum 13//14 October 2018 Each year the CSM holds its Annual Forum prior to the CFS Plenary Session and it is open to all interested civil society participants of the CSM. This two-days forum is a fundamental moment and space for the CSM. At the Forum, CSOs are able to debate, consolidate, articulate and finalise their positions that will be shared and brought to the CFS Plenary Session. Prior to the Annual Forum the CSM Coordination Committee (CC) holds its annual meeting. The Forum is as well a space for accountability, where CC members report to all participating CSOs about their work, performance and activities. Finally the

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