Highlights and images of main proceedings for 19 October 2018

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Summary

Highlights for Friday, 19 October 2018

CFS 45 Delegates gathered in the Red Room to share lessons and good practices ©FAO

On Friday morning, CFS delegates attended two sessions on good practices and lessons sharing on: food systems and nutrition; and on CFS and the 2030 Agenda. In the afternoon, delegates completed the discussion of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 Report and adopted the Meeting’s Report.
During the session on food security and nutrition, keynote speaker Stineke Oenema, Coordinator of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, stressed the importance of nutrition for all SDGs and encouraged members to overcome institutional barriers and “start planning together.” Panelists then presented experiences and lessons learned, including:

  • China’s National Nutrition Plan;
  • Germany’s initiatives to improve the quality of convenience food and to reduce food waste;
  • A tax on sugary beverages imposed in Mexico; and
  • Using pulses to address anemia in women of reproductive age.
  • During the session on CFS and the 2030 Agenda, panelists reported their experiences with SDG implementation. Key takeaways include:

  • In Spain, the VNR process led to institutional realignment turning the 2030 Agenda into an “agenda of opportunities”;
  • In the Dominican Republic, implementation of a roadmap for SDG 2 (zero hunger) also created benefits for education (SDG 4) and poverty (SDG 1); and
  • In Sudan, the VNR process revealed the need to, among other needs, address livelihoods of women in agriculture, and making agriculture more attractive to youth.
  • In the afternoon, delegates completed the consideration of the SOFI report and decided to urge all stakeholders to act to reverse the trend in rising hunger. Delegates then adopted the meeting’s report. CFS Chair Mario Arvelo gaveled the meeting to a close at 4:28pm.

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    Ana Lartey, Director of Nutrition and Food Systems, FAO ©FAO
    Stineke Oenema, Coordinator, United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition ©FAO
    Kora Perlzweig, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany ©FAO
    Marisa Macari, El Poder del Consumidor (Mexico) ©FAO
    Zhang Zhiqiang, National Health Commission, China ©FAO
    Cindy Brown, Chippewa Valley Bean Co Inc, PSM
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    L-R : Valentia Savastano, CFS Vice Chair and Mark MacGuire, CFS Chair ad interim ©FAO
    Patricia Rodriguez, Alternate Permanent Representative of the UN Agencies of the Dominican Republic ©FAO
    Dais during the session on CFS and the SDGs. L-R:  Patricia Rodriguez, Alternate Permanent Representative of the UN Agencies of the Dominican Republic; Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, WFP; Mark McGuire, CFS Secretary at interim; Gabriel Ferrero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain; Sid Ahmed M. Alamain Hamid Alamain, Alternate Permanent Representative of the UN Agencies of Sudan ©FAO
    Gabriel Ferrero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain ©FAO
    Sid Ahmed M. Alamain Hamid Alamain, Alternate Permanent Representative of the UN Agencies of Sudan ©FAO
    CFS Side Event: CFS Boosting the Role of Farmers in Fairer and more Sustainable Value Chains
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    CFS Side Event: Challenges and Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture – Perspectives from Future Leaders
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    Participants

    Non-state coalitions
    Farmers
    Youth