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CFS Updates Summer 2017

CFS Chair calls for action on the four impending famines

“I urge you to take action now to relieve the impending suffering and to prevent further damage to livelihoods," wrote CFS Chair, H.E. Ambassador Amira Gornass in a letter sent in May to all CFS stakeholders. Calling for a response to the four impending famines in Northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, Ambassador Gornass noted that, while emergency relief is an immediate priority, plans for medium and longer term assistance to help recovery and prevent future famines must be supported. See the video message from the CFS Chair and media release.

CFS 44 

The annual Plenary meeting of CFS which brings together all stakeholders is from 9 – 13 October 2017. The draft CFS 44 Agenda and Timetable are on the CFS 44 web page. Requests for space in the CFS 44 Information Marketplace can be submitted until 25 August. Space is limited and requests will be treated on a first come, first served basis. 

Upcoming CFS events

Achieving the 2025 Global Target for Stunting – Investing in Food Systems to Prevent Stunting – 22 September 2017

CFS and the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) are holding an event on stunting on 22 September 2017 at FAO HQ. It will highlight the interconnectedness of the causes of childhood stunting and the need to act on them simultaneously, while targeting actions within health, social protection and food systems. The event will be webcast and questions can be sent in by social media. 

Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition - 25 September 2017

The CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition will be held on Monday 25 September 2017 at FAO HQ. The Forum will promote a shared understanding of how issues related to women’s economic empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition are evolving. The Forum will be webcast and questions can be sent in by social media. 

CFS at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, July 2017, New York

The annual High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) meeting represents the culmination of efforts to review progress on the SDGs at local, national’, regional and global levels. This year, overall progress on the SDGs was reviewed under the theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, and in depth progress on SDG 2 was discussed, together with progress on SDGs 1, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17. 
CFS contributed to global follow-up and review efforts by taking part in two thematic reviews and organized two side events at the HLPF.  See also CFS’ written contribution to the HLPF, developed through an inclusive process.
The Chair of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE), Patrick Caron, participated as lead discussant in the HLPF thematic session on SDG 2. The CFS Chair participated as a panelist in a session on countries in special situations. She focused on the importance of promoting and investing in smallholder agriculture to make progress across the 2030 Agenda.
CFS and FAO, IFAD and WFP organized a side event on “Reaching Those Left Furthest Behind: Addressing Hunger and Poverty in Protracted Crises”, hosted by the Netherlands. The side event presented the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crisis (CFS-FFA) and discussed how to bridge humanitarian assistance and long term development.
CFS co-organized a second side event on “Addressing the Hunger-Poverty Nexus: What Policy Coherence Means for the 2030 Agenda”, jointly with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the Dutch, Finnish and Swiss governments. The event gave concrete examples of national policy coherence and state of the art research on the policy coherence for sustainable development called for by the 2030 Agenda.
The next CFS Update will be sent in Autumn 2017
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