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Food Security and Nutrition - A Global Issue

Secretary-General’s High Level Task Force on Global Food and Nutrition Security

Secretary-General Addresses High-Level Meeting on Food Security- UN PHOTO # 413441

The High-Level Task Force (HLTF) on Global Food and Nutrition Security was established by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2008. The Task Force is chaired by the UN Secretary-General and the FAO Director-General is Vice-Chair. The primary aim of the Task Force is to promote a comprehensive and unified response of the international community to the challenge of achieving global food and nutrition security.

Main UN Organs Addressing Food Securiy and Nutrition

The UN General Assembly (GA) Official Documents

The UN Security Council (SC) Official Documents

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Official Documents

Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies Addressing Food Issues

UNSCEB

In April 2008 the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (UNSCEB) established the Food Security Initiative which builds on the work of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on Global Food and Nutrition Security.

United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) was created in 1977 as the UN’s Administrative Committee on Coordination Subcommittee on Nutrition. It now reports to the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (UNSCEB).

Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is an international and intergovernmental platform that works to ensure food security and access to nutrition. The Committee reports to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to the FAO Conference.

 Proceedings of the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS43) .

FAO's High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) was established in 2010 as the science-policy interface of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The HLPE aims to improve the robustness of policy making by providing independent, evidence-based analysis and advice at the request of the CFS.

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Ms. Hila Elver - Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. This position is honorary and the expert is not a staff of the United Nations nor paid for his/her work.