Thematic Consultation

Food Security and Nutrition

Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition

This page aims to bring together voices from across the globe in a conversation on food security and nutrition. After the initial consultation which drew over 250 contributions, we will be continuing the discussion with more engagements as the post-2015 framework takes greater shape. This consultation is co-led by FAO and WFP in partnership with the governments of Colombia and Spain.

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Post-2015 gears up for defining year

As 2014 draws to a close, the new framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015 is taking ever greater shape. Recent months have seen considerable activity in the process ahead of upcoming intergovernmental negotiations...

July: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) produces a report proposing 17 goals and 169 targets.

September: The UNGA adopts a resolution making the OWG proposal the “the main basis for integrating SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda…”.

November: Member States begin to discuss the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The informally agreed draft includes dates, working methods, scope, means of implementation, interacting with other conferences, and the continued involvement of major groups.

December: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon releases an advance unedited “synthesis report” of the post-2015 process so far. Entitled The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet, the report, to be finalized by 31 December 2014, welcomes the OWG report and proposes a set of six essential elements to “facilitate the deliberations of Member States” ahead of the post-2015 summit. They are: dignity, people, prosperity, planet, justice and partnership.

UNGA President Sam Kutesa reveals dates for high-level thematic debates and events focusing on the theme and priorities for the 69th session Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.

With new global goals to be announced in a little over nine months, we bring you an overview of the post-2015 development agenda in 10 key points.

ARTICLE: COUNTDOWN TO THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

Video: No sustainability without food security – Jomo Sundar

Jomo Kwame Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director-General for Economic and Social Development, gives an overview of the process to determine successor goals to the MDGs. He underlines the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture to a new framework, and explains why a growing global population, diminishing natural resource base and worsening effects of climate change are shaping talks along the lines of future sustainability.

Infographic: 14 themes linking food security to sustainable

Among the most pressing challenges facing the world today is feeding a growing global population projected to increase from over 7 billion currently to over 9 billion by 2050. This will require food production to increase by 60 percent globally.

It is a challenge that is compounded by the additional threats of climate change, increasing water and land scarcity, soil and land degradation, and a deteriorating natural resource base, threats that will mainly hurt the world’s poor and vulnerable, especially those living in rural areas, who represent the vast majority of the at least 805 million who suffer hunger on a daily basis.

Featuring FAO’s 14 themes of focus in the post-2015 development agenda, this infographic presents the interlinkages that exist between food security and nutrition and the emerging priorities of a sustainable development agenda. READ MORE

CFS considers future engagement in sustainable development goals

The post-2015 development agenda featured prominently among topics discussed at the 41st annual session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome from 13-18 October.

The world’s foremost inclusive intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder platform for food security and nutrition brought together hundreds of representatives from governments, civil society organizations, private sector and research institutions during World Food Week.READ MORE

Rome UN agencies welcome UNGA resolution on SDG report

FAO, IFAD and WFP united in commending the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a side event held during the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture at FAO headquarters in Rome on 30 September.

The event, which brought together speakers representing the EU, the Dominican Republic as well as the three Rome-based UN agencies (RBAs), focused on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.
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Events round up: Food for talk in Geneva, rural women in New York and fighting hunger awards in Rome

Combining two topical themes - the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) and the process to determine successor goals to the MDGs, Nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda was the title of the first in a series of Food for Talk discussions organised by FAO Liaison Office in Geneva (LOG), Switzerland on 30 October.


The crucial role of rural women in delivering a truly sustainable post-2015 development agenda was the central message at a special event organised by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women at UN headquarters in New York on 15 October, International Day for Rural Women.

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Thirteen countries have won recognition from FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement which includes reaching international targets ahead of the end-of-2015 deadline.

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