In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic the Private Sector Mechanism has penned a position paper which outlines what they believe will be the key aspects to watch as the situation continues.
It reads, in part "The global COVID pandemic has reminded everyone of the need to stay healthy and the primacy of access to food for food security. While the immediate problem has been access to food and the need for shelf stable foods, disruptions at borders and in supply chains may cause an echo in the food system with potentially disastrous effects."
You can read the full paper here.
Following the Open meeting to develop the policy guidance on January 24th the PSM made comments on all the five recommendations in the Rapporteur’s draft. The CFS Secretariat has now issued the zero draft of the policy guidance.
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture took place in Berlin from January 16 - 18. This is an international conference that focuses on agri-food policy issues with this years theme being "Food for All! Trade for Secure, Diverse and Sustainable Nutrition." There was approximately 2000 international visitors from a variety of sectors including politics, industry, science and civil society.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced last month that Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda will be the Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. In this role Ms. Kalibata will be providing leadership and strategic direction as well as act as the liaison between the United Nations system and key partners for the Summit. You can read the full press release here.