CFS 46 Side Event

Partnering for Change: Multistakeholder Partnerships and CFS 

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


Welcome and Introduction to the discussion: Willem Olthof, European Commission
Opening Remarks: H.E. Mario Arvelo, Chairman of CFS and Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
Vincent Doumeizel, Lloyd’s Register
Scott Ratzan, Business Partnership for Sustainable Development
Anu Paasiaro, Yara
Alexia Machera, Ahold Delhaize
Christine Heffernan, Tesco
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
Herman Brouwer, Wageningen University & Research

Main Themes

There has never been a higher need to tackle the challenges of zero hunger and sustainable agriculture. The side event discussed new multistakeholder partnerships being built and announced in the context of the CFS. 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 promoted 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.


Key Take Away Messages

- The concern is more about the quality of partnerships versus the quantity
- There isn’t a lot of hard evidence about the effectiveness of partnerships. Now the question is focused on the indicators.
- Partnerships are started with a default logic – we want to partner to increase the scale of what we think is working best. Let’s create more benefits, scale it, and that will mean development is upon us.

You can download photos from the event on the FAO Flickr Account here.


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