CFS 46 Side Event

Partnering for Change: Multistakeholder Partnerships and CFS 

Thursday, October 17, 18:00 to 19:30
Mexico Room, FAO


There has never been a higher need to tackle the challenges of zero hunger and sustainable agriculture. 

The side event will discuss new multistakeholder partnerships being built and announced in the context of the CFS. CFS is one of the largest convenings on food security and nutrition and this is the opportunity to drive action on the issues which are discussed each year at CFS.

The event will be in ENGLISH ONLY.


“Multistakeholder Partnerships and improve food security and nutrition in the framework of the 2030 Agenda.”

A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.

The criticality of partnerships has been gaining recognition in the context of development strategies and international policy-making. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, SDG 17, calls for a revitalized and enhanced global partnership, that brings together governments, civil society, the private sector, the UN system, and other actors, and mobilizes all available resources to achieve the SDGs ambitious targets.

Given the critical need for cross-sectoral and holistic approaches, pooling together the resources, knowledge and expertise of different stakeholders in the achievement of food security and nutrition, this side event will aim to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Principles for Successful Partnerships for Impact

  • Establish a shared vision and values
  • Seek innovation and transformational change to achieve impact:
  • Be relevant
  • Ensure the partnership is mutually beneficial
  • Embrace diversity, ensure complementarity
  • Be inclusive and equitable
  • Set goals and concrete targets
  • Establish clear roles and responsibilities
  • Be honest and transparent
  • Be pragmatic and open to compromise
  • Be flexible and dynamic
  • Assess progress regularly


Welcome and Introduction to the discussion
Willem Olthof, European Commission

Opening Remarks
H.E Mario Arvelo, Charman of CFS and Ambassador to the Dominican Republic


Vincent Doumeizel, Lloyd’s Register
Scott Ratzen, Business Partnership for Sustainable Development
Anu Paasiaro, Yara
Alexia Machera, Ahold Delhaize

Moderated Q & A on the best practices for multistakeholder partnerships

Graeme Taylor, Syngenta
Hellen Onyango, Farmer
Adrian van der Knaap, World Food Programme
Katarina Eriksson, Tetra Laval Food for Development
William Moore, Eleanor Crook Foundation

Concluding Remarks
Herman Brouwer, Wageningen University


Our thanks to the @UN_CFS outgoing Chair @MarioArvelo – and congratulations and welcome to Mr. Thanawat Tiensin CFS46
7 minutes ago