Action source

Action date

06/11/2017

Background

At its thirty-third session HLCP identified specific challenges arising from a confluence of global megatrends or “nexuses”. Given their complex multidimensionality, the Committee felt that some of those nexuses merited deeper examinations and possibly system-wide engagements from the perspective of policy coherence and programmatic cooperation. The future of food was one such critical nexus identified.

With regard to the question of governance and norm-setting, the Committee underscored the importance of the Secretary-General’s leadership and strong advocacy and called for the system to rally behind him as a visible and influential advocate for maximizing the social good and minimizing the risks of technology and as a good faith broker to build the necessary partnership between Governments and the private sector. The Secretary-General and United Nations system leadership could play a key role in providing an “ethical voice,”proactively and assertively upholding United Nations norms, standards and values and promoting a rights-based perspective in the development and application of frontier technologies. The whole system could reinforce the Secretary-General’s messages promoting the use of these technologies for the greater and equitable good of society and could help raise awareness among their respective constituencies.

Discussion

Committee acknowledged that addressing the evolving landscape for food security and food system was an emerging priority critical to the realization of the 2030 Agenda. I t was recommended to provide a clearer articulation of what the “future of food”might or should look like as a basis to better prioritize necessary action.It was further suggested that the analysis address additional interlinkages, such as the rights-based approach to food, early warning, climate-smart agriculture, nutrition and undernourishment,
environmental degradation and equitable and sustainable access to food. Members pointed to the importance of anchoring the analysis in country -level coherence and coordination, including humanitarian-development linkage. It was proposed to reflect more prominently the role of United Nations country teams and resident coordinators in providing policy support to member states.

Action

The Committee expressed broad support for deepening and expanding its understanding on the complex issue of the future of food with a view to developing a coordinated system-wide vision and approach, led by FAO. A revised submission will be prepared through a consultation process led by FAO, for the Committee’s consideration at its thirty-fifth session.