IAFN Updates

PSM members are invited to directly shape GFAR’s future work.

Please take a few minutes to share the priorities that you would like to see in the next GFAR Plan, using the link below and entering your responses by May 27, 2017.

We all agree that a number of key constraints face us all, none of which can be overcome by any one organization or sector. The GFAR Steering Committee has suggested key areas for GFAR to focus on and they now look to flesh out these areas with your own ideas.

In this innovative spirit, the next GFAR 4-year Medium Term Plan will be developed and determined by you, the nearly 500 Partner networks and institutions that make up this unique movement for change. This is an exciting shift that really puts you, the Partners in GFAR, in the driving seat for change.

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Dear colleagues,

I am just back from the first Chief Executive Board meeting since António Guterres took office. Nearly all United Nations leaders were present, including the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. Our very own Achim Steiner also took part as incoming head of the Development Programme.

One thing is very clear – this is a new era for the United Nations. So, I want to share this positive news with you. It was a completely new atmosphere with incredible energy and much less formality.

The Secretary-General insisted that, within the family, we call him Antonio and not Mr. Secretary-General. He wants to see fewer ties and more efficiency; he wants people to challenge him more; and he wants tangible results.

To make the point he even wore a sweater. The group responded by reminding António that he may be Secretary-General, but he still is not the most famous from Portugal (Ronaldo is way ahead)!

Flocks of animals following a Somalian person through a dry field

Chair of Committee on World Food Security urges all stakeholders to support immediate and longer-term relief

Rome, 17 May 2017—Governments, civic groups and businesses need to rally support for both immediate relief to people in countries at risk of famine and longer-term initiatives that will allow them to recover and restore their livelihoods, Ambassador Amira Gornass, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security, said today.

Famine has been declared in some counties of South Sudan, and the number of people close to sliding from emergency to disaster is perilously high in Northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, according to FAO and other UN agencies. Some 30 million people in the four countries are uncertain where their next meal will come from or are reliant on humanitarian assistance.

SDG Business Forum: High-Level Political Forum, United Nations | 18 July 2017

Following the success of last year’s inaugural forum, the second annual SDG Business Forum will take place at the United Nations on 18 July 2017 during the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda recognizes the critical role of business in delivering on the promise of sustainable and inclusive development. The business case for sustainable development is based on the understanding that business and social values are inextricably linked and business efforts to improve lives and strengthen local communities can also have long term bottom line benefits. The private sector has been invited to share its support for the Agenda during the HLPF at the SDG Business Forum.

CFS 44 Draft Agenda and Timetable out and call for Side Event proposals

CFS 44 is from 9 – 13 October 2017. The draft CFS 44 Agenda and Timetable are on the CFS 44 web page

The call for CFS 44 Side Events is running until 30 June 2017. You can find the form on the CFS 44 page. Check this page regularly for the latest news of CFS 44.

Two important CFS nutrition events in May

CFS and the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) are cohosting two events in May which will help develop a common understanding of nutrition issues and lay the basis for CFS policy convergence work. Both can be followed by webcast. Find out more

Collaborative Partnership on Forests

Dear Members,

We would like to inform you that the FSN Forum, in partnership with the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), is currently hosting an open online consultation on the development of a Global Core Set (GCS) of forest-related indicators.

This exchange calls on those interested or working in forestry to take part in the development of a set of indicators which can be used to measure progress towards sustainable forest management in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Rio conventions.

The Private Sector Mechanism Informational meeting will provide an overview of the activities of the Private Sector Mechanism of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and of its position on different policy issues.

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Dear FSN Forum members,

FAO has just released the Toolkit and E-learning modules on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems. This integrated package of guidance materials, developed by drawing upon expertise from across the Organisation and of many partners, aims at enhancing capacities for the formulation, implementation and monitoring of nutrition-sensitive food system policies and programmes, in line with the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, the SDGs and UN Decade of Action for Nutrition.

Applications are now open for the Food Sustainability Media Award, which aims increase the public’s awareness of food sustainability issues worldwide, find solutions, and encourage action. Launched by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the award will recognize excellent professional and up-and-coming journalists from around the world who have focused their reporting on topics relating to food security, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition. 

Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute. Photo by: Paul Karaimu / ILRI / CC BY-NC-SA

The livestock sector plays a significant role in development, but Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute, says this is not reflected in official development assistance — which contributes less than 0.25 percent to livestock.

Smith visited Australia between April 3 and April 7, as the last leg of a global trip that included stops in the United Kingdom and United States. In each country, he pushed for greater ODA toward livestock sectors in the developing world.

During his stay, Smith discussed his thoughts with Devex. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.