Civil Society for the Committee on World Food Security

World Food WeekWelcome to Civil Society Organizations for the Committee on World Food Security!

CSO for CFS is an online community where civil society representatives from all around the world can receive relevant and up-to-date information on the work leading up to the 36th session of the CFS in October.

Civil society has played a crucial role in the reform process during and leading up to the 35th session in October 2009, where the document was adopted .  Setting precedence,  civil society contributed and engaged alongside Member State representatives during discussions/debates, providing knowledgeable insight and invaluable experience, all in an effort to create the most effective and all-inclusive CFS possible.

World Food DayIn accordance with the CFS reform document, “Civil society organizations/NGOs and their networks are working to autonomously establish a global mechanism for food security and nutrition which will function as a facilitating body for CSO/NGOs consultation and participation in the CFS.”

The Zero Draft proposal for the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) can be found in the Document Library. If you have any comments, please submit them by the end of May

The activities of the mechanism will include:

i. broad and regular exchange of information, analysis and experience;

ii. developing common positions as appropriate;

iii. communicating to the CFS and, as appropriate, its Bureau through representatives designated by an internal self-selection process within each civil society category;

iv. convening a civil society forum as a preparatory event before CFS sessions if so decided by the civil society mechanism”.

We hope that the CSM will be established by the time of the 36th session in mid-October. In the meantime, four “ad interim” Advisory Group members  have been chosen to act as civil society representatives until the global CSM for food security and nutrition is set in place in October.

Please see “About Us” for more information and “CFS Updates” for frequent updates.