Spire on the UN’s Conference on Food Security and Nutrition

Illustration by Paul Morris on Unsplash.

Illustration by Paul Morris on Unsplash.

The United Nations (UN) hosted the 44th annual Conference on Food Security and Nutrition (CFS) on October 9th-13th this year. The conference was held at FAO headquarters in Rome. Prior to CFS, the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) of the CSF met for two days, to prepare for the plenary discussions.

Spire was the only Norwegian civil society organization to participate in CSM and CFS this year. Spire’s representatives were Caroline Berntsen from Matutvalget and Ingvild Haugen from Spire Ås. Also from Norway were a delegation from the Norwegian government, two representatives from Bondelaget, and Aksel Nærstad from the More and Better Network.

CFS plenary at FAO headquarters.

CFS plenary at FAO headquarters.

Among the major issues at CFS this year were two new reports from CFS’s High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE): on nutrition and food security, and on sustainable forestry and food security. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), women’s empowerment, urbanization and rural transformation, and critical issues for food security and nutrition were also discussed in plenary sessions. Spire’s representatives followed the plenary sessions as best as we could, and shared some of our experiences on social media.

In addition to following plenary CFS sessions, Spire’s representatives attended side events. We chose side events about SDGs, farmers, climate change, and young leaders in food security. We also followed an event about food security and nutrition in promoting right to food: which had been a hot topic in our first days at CSM.

While in Rome, we got a good insight in the workings of a UN conference. We met with the representatives from Norway, and connected with the key issues for other civil society organisations. We were happy to see focus on right to food, women’s empowerment, distribution-challenges of the global food system, and multilateral cooperation during the conference.

Written by Ingvild Haugen, Spire Ås.

Read more about Spire’s work on food politics here.

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