IAFN Updates

CFS 43 will be from 17 – 21 October at FAO in Rome. The draft timetable and agenda are on the CFS 43 web page. CFS is continuing to evolve as the foremost inclusive platform for food security and nutrition.

Nominations are now open for the Africa Food Prize.

The nomination process for the Africa Food Prize 2016 starts with nominations being sent to the Africa Food Prize Secretariat by Friday, June 24, 2016. Nominations must contain the information requested in the Nomination information pack. 

The HLPE just released a zero draft version of the report and launched on May 31 an open public consultation to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert review, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. 

Governments have agreed new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve, but how ready is business to help them achieve them? What’s their intention and their vision? Will they be business as usual or business critical? ? A new report by PwC looks at how business is ready to support governments achieve these global goals.

To describe the importance of separate private sector recognition in the HLPF process and throughout the UN system, Louise Kantrow’s article, Getting the Architecture Right: Attracting Business Expertise and Action for Sustainable Development on the Road to 2030, asks how the UN will integrate the views of diverse stakeholders who have an interest in the 2030 agenda.

Read the article by the Permanent Representative of the ICC to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.

Zero hunger by 2030: Sustainable food and nutrition security for all

Date: 24 May 2016
Time: 13:30 - 14:50pm
Venue: Rumeli Hall 3 (200 - Theatre), LKCC Building, Istanbul, Turkey

Eleven of the largest global food and beverage companies pledge to phase out industrially produced trans fat by the end of 2018.

This article was written by Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva. 

Read the original here. 

One of the thorniest controversies in the WHO right now goes by the catchy acronym, FENSA. This stands for Framework on Engagement with Non State Actors. Beneath this bland surface lies one of the great dilemmas facing all international agencies. What is the appropriate role of business in policy making?

Bizfor2030 blog’s most recent post, written by Dr. Louise Kantrow, the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Permanent Representative to the United Nations and coordinator of the Global Business Alliance for 2030 (GBA), looks at the existing model for Business Engagement in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and notes concerns that we do not yet have the structures in place at a policy level to attract and catalyze the requisite business expertise, resources and motivation to aid with implementation.  In response to these challenges, the GBA - an umbrella group of major global industry associations and business organizations - has proposed the establishment of a High Level Political Forum Business Coordinating Mechanism (HLPF/BCM) modelled after the successful engagement structures for Financing for Development and the Committee on Food Security. 

The HLPE Steering Committee has reviewed the 139 candidatures that have participated to the open call to participate to the Project Team on Nutrition and food systems and is now pleased to inform on the outcome of the selection process.