FAO Director-Basic highlights the require to action up joint endeavours to make agri-food items units a lot more inclusive, resilient and sustainable to satisfy the Sustainable Advancement Ambitions
8 February 2020, Rome – The 47th Session of the UN Committee on Globe Food items Stability (CFS) has kicked off currently with a get in touch with to move up joint action in the direction of a in depth transformation of global agri-meals programs, in purchase to make them much more inclusive, resilient and sustainable, as nicely as to faucet their opportunity to lead to the battle from poverty, hunger , all varieties of malnutrition, and inequality.
According to the FAO most up-to-date estimates, starvation is on the rise with practically 690 million being chronically undernourished and up to 130 million additional being added since of COVID-19. Two billion people today eat very low excellent diets that result in micronutrient deficiencies and lead to diet program-associated obesity and non-communicable conditions. Much more than 3 billion people today have no access to healthful eating plans.
Speaking at the CFS opening session, FAO Director-Common QU Dongyu famous that the COVID-19 pandemic may push some 100 million individuals into extreme poverty and several more into continual starvation and malnutrition. He also pressured that unsustainable agri-foods units go on to set tension on natural methods, biodiversity, the ecosystem, and local weather.
Stressing that the pandemic has prompted the world-wide neighborhood to rethink the way food stuff is made, processed and consumed, Qu urged all associates “to operate together in harmony and solidarity to make agri-foodstuff systems extra inclusive, resilient and sustainable.” To this finish, he highlighted the crucial purpose CFS plays by selling plan convergence and coherence.
“As the host of the CFS Secretariat and just one of its funders, FAO strongly values the Committee’s prospective, as a exclusive global system for multi-stakeholder engagement, in the struggle in opposition to starvation and malnutrition,” he mentioned.
The Director-Standard also famous the relevance of translating CFS products and tips into concrete motion on the ground, at regional, place, and community stages, which demands the robust engagement of all stakeholders, together with governments, civil culture and the personal sector.
“This signifies integrating the CFS coverage frameworks, as proper, into nationwide dialogues, legislative frameworks, as nicely as nationwide, regional and world wide development attempts,” he mentioned, alluding to the CFS Guidelines on Land Tenure, the CFS Rules for Accountable Investments in Agriculture and Foods Programs , the Framework for Action for food items protection and nutrition in protracted crises and the CFS Voluntary Recommendations on Food stuff Methods and Nutrition, which are expected to be endorsed on Wednesday.
Qu highlighted that all CFS items must constantly rely on very clear science and proof and said that FAO is prepared to assist the Committee on the key subjects in its agenda for 2021: decreasing inequalities, youth engagement and data methods.
The Director-Typical also spoke about the essential transformative action FAO has taken about the previous 18 months to refocus its efforts in alignment with the Organization’s initial mandate to eradicate starvation and poverty.
As an case in point, the Director-Standard pointed to the FAO’s evidence-based, country-led and place-owned Hand-in-Hand Initiative, which aims to accelerate agricultural, transformation and sustainable rural growth, accompanied by its condition-of-the-artwork electronic equipment, which includes the Hand-in-Hand Geospatial Platform, the Details Lab for statistical innovation and Earth Map.
Among other notable developments, Qu cited FAO’s holistic COVID-19 Reaction and Restoration Programme, which harnesses science, technological innovation, info, human enterprise and creativity as effectively as the Organization’s not too long ago introduced new Strategy for Non-public Sector Engagement to increase strategic partnerships in the direction of obtaining the Sustainable Progress Plans.
“We strongly imagine that accelerating and scaling up science, technology and innovation is important to assembly the aspiration of reworking our agri-food techniques and going toward accomplishing the SDGs, primarily SDG1 (No poverty), SDG2 (No hunger) and SDG10 (Lowered inequalities),” he reported.
The Director-Standard also welcomed nine countries who have just lately joined the CFS, specifically Croatia, Djibouti, Honduras, Latvia, Maldives, Moldova, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Ukraine.
In the course of the opening session, UN Special Envoy to the UN Foodstuff Programs Summit Agnes Kalibata shipped a concept on behalf of United Nations Secretary-Normal António Guterres in which he underscored that 2021 would be pivotal for accomplishing SDG2 (eradicating hunger) as foodstuff safety and nourishment had been the most urgent advancement, security and human rights problems of our time.
He named for essential systematic alter to handle hunger, sustainability and malnutrition although respecting human legal rights, alleviating poverty and supporting inclusive and sustainable advancement for all which he stated were being main to his thinking behind the Foods Devices Summit later on this yr in New York, and the pre-Summit in Rome in July. “The Committee on Entire world Foodstuff Stability has an significant job to enjoy in this Summit, from the stories of its Significant-amount Panel of Specialists, to the plan convergence merchandise,” Guterres extra.
For his aspect, CFS Chair and Everlasting Consultant of Thailand to the UN Organizations in Rome, Thanawat Tiensin, pressured that the perform of CFS has hardly ever been additional appropriate than just before, as the Committee can offer evidence-centered policy guidance to triumph over recent difficulties and uncertainties forward. He added that the UN Foodstuff techniques Summit 2021 in September would be an prospect to establish on this momentum.
President of Global Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gilbert F. Houngbo referred to the latest pandemic as the wake up call to handle the various sophisticated problems facing foodstuff techniques and underlined the need to have for building them additional resilient and responsive to the demands of customers and producers alike.
In his movie tackle, Govt Director of the Planet Foods Programme (WFP) David Beasley said that the merged effects of climate adjust, conflict and now the COVID-19 pandemic have brought about a large amount of damage on affected communities all around the world, stressing the critical role CFS have to participate in to address this world-wide humanitarian disaster while pledging his help to the Committee’s essential perform.
The Chair of the CFS Large-Amount Panel of Specialists (HLPE) Steering Committee Martin Cole introduced the critical results of the HLPE’s new report on “Foodstuff protection and diet: making a world narrative in direction of 2030”. The report is based on the assessment of food security and nourishment principles, results, motorists and vital coverage directions that are vital for assembly SDG 2 targets and the full 2030 Agenda.
He pointed out that according to the report we are not on observe to achieve the Agenda 2030 underlining that small business as common will not be enough whilst pointing to the want for a transformative alter to our food stuff methods.
CFS is the foremost inclusive worldwide and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to get the job done together to make certain food items stability and nutrition for all.
The 47th session (8-11 February) will come against a background of the unprecedented difficulties posed by the impacts of the existing COVID-19 pandemic on our food techniques and livelihoods of millions of persons around the world.
In the course of a 4-times very long session, the Committee is predicted to endorse new Voluntary Rules on Meals Programs and Nourishment, resulting from an inclusive multistakeholder negotiation method, and knowledgeable by the scientific enter of the CFS Superior Degree Panel of Professionals and a Technological Process Workforce from amid the CFS Advisory Team constituencies.
These pointers will provide as a important reference point for nations around the world and some others in their initiatives to eradicate all forms of starvation and malnutrition by employing a “foods units” method. The rules will also be an crucial contribution to the UN Meals Systems Summit scheduled to acquire place in September this 12 months.
The Committee will also initiate operate to acquire new Voluntary Tips on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment as linked to food items safety and diet.