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.
Sustainable management of the planet’s oceans, forests, mountains, and biodiversity is “vital to enable future food security, surmount rural poverty, and ensure much-needed environmental services”, remarked FAO Assistant Director-General Eduardo Rojas-Briales at the UN Open Working Group (OWG) consultations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York on 4 February.
Speaking in the OWG plenary at UN headquarters, Mr. Rojas-Briales, FAO’s forestry chief, warned government, civil society and business leaders that unsustainable management practices were exposing life-sustaining natural resources to “severe stresses”.
He listed “inadequate land use planning, weak governance, scant financial investment, and worsening climate change” as dangers to sustainability.
The 8th and final Open Working Group consultative week (3-7 February) also witnessed numerous breakfast, lunch and evening “side-event” meetings.
FAO, collaborating closely with member states, UN-system partners, and various other stakeholders, conveyed the importance of embedding rural women, forestry, mountains, fisheries and oceans into the post-2015 agenda, highlighting the strong linkages that exist between the management of natural resources and food and nutrition security and sustainable agricultural practices.
A trio of initiatives over the coming months look set to give greater shape to the post-2015 development agenda, the process to design a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals.
Following the conclusion of their “stocktaking” sessions (see: Co-chairs report) on 7 February, the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals moves into negotiation mode between March and July as it goes about crafting a set of sustainable development goals to propose in its report to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September.
The OWG, a 30-member body with each seat shared between one and four Member States, is set to meet on 3–5 March; 31 March–4 April; 5–9 May; 16–20 June; and 14–18 July.
While the eight thematic consultation sessions of the OWG (February-June 2013; and November 2013-February 2014) were informed by technical issues briefs prepared by UN agencies (See: OWG8 with briefs co-led by FAO and UNEP) and characterised by side events featuring “Major Groups” and other stakeholders, the new phase will see member states take the lead in fashioning a set of goals.
The online discussion focusing on rural women in a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework (ending 26 February) proved to be a popular topic.
The consultation, which was linked to the theme Gender equality and women’s empowerment at the eighth session of the United Nations Open Working Group on SDGs (3-7 February), garnered more than 30 responses in the first week alone.
The topic had provoked vibrant discussion in New York at a side event hosted by FAO, IFAD and WFP, the Rome-based food agencies, on 6 February, with Gerda Verburg, chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), delivering an impassioned keynote address.
And the conversation continued online thanks to your steady flow of comments that have featured in-depth appraisals of the plight of rural women and the rewards that empowerment would bring.