FAO Director-Basic highlights the need to step up joint endeavours to make agri-food items methods extra inclusive, resilient and sustainable to meet the Sustainable Progress Aims
8 February 2020, Rome – The 47th Session of the UN Committee on Planet Food items Stability (CFS) has kicked off now with a contact to stage up joint motion to a complete transformation of global agri-foods techniques, in order to make them much more inclusive, resilient and sustainable, as effectively as to tap their probable to add to the battle from poverty, hunger , all types of malnutrition, and inequality.
According to the FAO newest estimates, hunger is on the rise with just about 690 million getting chronically undernourished and up to 130 million far more remaining extra since of COVID-19. Two billion persons take in minimal high-quality diets that result in micronutrient deficiencies and add to eating plan-connected being overweight and non-communicable disorders. Extra than 3 billion individuals have no access to nutritious weight loss plans.
Speaking at the CFS opening session, FAO Director-Normal QU Dongyu mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic may push some 100 million individuals into extreme poverty and lots of a lot more into serious hunger and malnutrition. He also pressured that unsustainable agri-meals systems keep on to place tension on natural resources, biodiversity, the ecosystem, and local weather.
Stressing that the pandemic has prompted the international neighborhood to rethink the way food is developed, processed and consumed, Qu urged all companions “to operate with each other in harmony and solidarity to make agri-food items devices far more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.” To this close, he highlighted the vital role CFS performs by advertising plan convergence and coherence.
“As the host of the CFS Secretariat and a single of its funders, FAO strongly values the Committee’s probable, as a special world platform for multi-stakeholder engagement, in the struggle from starvation and malnutrition,” he explained.
The Director-Common also observed the value of translating CFS items and suggestions into concrete motion on the ground, at regional, country, and regional amounts, which demands the robust engagement of all stakeholders, like governments, civil culture and the private sector.
“This indicates integrating the CFS coverage frameworks, as correct, into national dialogues, legislative frameworks, as perfectly as national, regional and global improvement endeavours,” he reported, alluding to the CFS Tips on Land Tenure, the CFS Ideas for Accountable Investments in Agriculture and Foodstuff Systems , the Framework for Action for food items security and nourishment in protracted crises and the CFS Voluntary Suggestions on Foods Methods and Nourishment, which are envisioned to be endorsed on Wednesday.
Qu highlighted that all CFS products ought to constantly count on apparent science and proof and mentioned that FAO is prepared to assistance the Committee on the main subject areas in its agenda for 2021: minimizing inequalities, youth engagement and information devices.
The Director-Typical also spoke about the essential transformative action FAO has taken above the very last 18 months to refocus its endeavours in alignment with the Organization’s authentic mandate to eradicate starvation and poverty.
As an instance, the Director-Typical pointed to the FAO’s proof-dependent, nation-led and state-owned Hand-in-Hand Initiative, which aims to accelerate agricultural, transformation and sustainable rural enhancement, accompanied by its condition-of-the-artwork electronic resources, together with the Hand-in-Hand Geospatial Platform, the Facts Lab for statistical innovation and Earth Map.
Amid other notable developments, Qu cited FAO’s holistic COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, which harnesses science, know-how, details, human organization and creativeness as very well as the Organization’s a short while ago launched new Tactic for Non-public Sector Engagement to enhance strategic partnerships in the direction of achieving the Sustainable Growth Targets.
“We strongly believe that accelerating and scaling up science, technologies and innovation is critical to assembly the aspiration of reworking our agri-food stuff systems and transferring in the direction of reaching the SDGs, in particular SDG1 (No poverty), SDG2 (No hunger) and SDG10 (Minimized inequalities),” he mentioned.
The Director-Standard also welcomed nine nations around the world who have not too long ago joined the CFS, particularly Croatia, Djibouti, Honduras, Latvia, Maldives, Moldova, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Ukraine.
In the course of the opening session, UN Exclusive Envoy to the UN Food Programs Summit Agnes Kalibata sent a concept on behalf of United Nations Secretary-Normal António Guterres in which he underscored that 2021 would be pivotal for attaining SDG2 (eradicating hunger) as foodstuff protection and nutrition had been the most pressing enhancement, safety and human rights challenges of our time.
He known as for essential systematic change to tackle starvation, sustainability and malnutrition whilst respecting human rights, alleviating poverty and supporting inclusive and sustainable development for all which he stated were core to his contemplating powering the Food items Programs Summit later this 12 months in New York, and the pre-Summit in Rome in July. “The Committee on Planet Foodstuff Safety has an vital position to enjoy in this Summit, from the studies of its Substantial-level Panel of Specialists, to the plan convergence merchandise,” Guterres added.
For his aspect, CFS Chair and Everlasting Agent of Thailand to the UN Organizations in Rome, Thanawat Tiensin, pressured that the work of CFS has under no circumstances been extra relevant than just before, as the Committee can offer proof-based coverage advice to get over latest problems and uncertainties forward. He extra that the UN Meals units Summit 2021 in September would be an prospect to construct on this momentum.
President of Worldwide Fund for Agricultural Progress (IFAD) Gilbert F. Houngbo referred to the present pandemic as the wake up contact to tackle the many intricate issues facing foodstuff units and underlined the need to have for generating them much more resilient and responsive to the requirements of consumers and producers alike.
In his movie address, Government Director of the Globe Meals Programme (WFP) David Beasley claimed that the mixed effects of weather improve, conflict and now the COVID-19 pandemic have brought on a ton of damage on influenced communities around the planet, stressing the very important part CFS should play to deal with this world-wide humanitarian disaster whilst pledging his guidance to the Committee’s essential operate.
The Chair of the CFS Superior-Level Panel of Gurus (HLPE) Steering Committee Martin Cole presented the important results of the HLPE’s new report on “Foods security and nutrition: building a worldwide narrative in direction of 2030”. The report is based on the assessment of foods stability and nutrition concepts, results, motorists and essential policy directions that are critical for conference SDG 2 targets and the entire 2030 Agenda.
He noted that in accordance to the report we are not on keep track of to reach the Agenda 2030 underlining that company as regular will not be enough although pointing to the require for a transformative transform to our food items units.
CFS is the foremost inclusive global and intergovernmental system for all stakeholders to operate collectively to ensure foodstuff protection and nutrition for all.
The 47th session (8-11 February) will come towards a background of the unprecedented difficulties posed by the impacts of the latest COVID-19 pandemic on our foods devices and livelihoods of millions of men and women around the world.
Throughout a 4-times long session, the Committee is envisioned to endorse new Voluntary Pointers on Food items Systems and Diet, ensuing from an inclusive multistakeholder negotiation method, and informed by the scientific input of the CFS Substantial Level Panel of Gurus and a Technical Task Staff from among the CFS Advisory Group constituencies.
These pointers will serve as a sizeable reference issue for countries and other folks in their efforts to eradicate all forms of hunger and malnutrition by utilizing a “food devices” solution. The suggestions will also be an significant contribution to the UN Food Methods Summit scheduled to take position in September this 12 months.
The Committee will also initiate perform to acquire new Voluntary Rules on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment as similar to food items stability and nutrition.