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Food Security and Nutrition - A Global Issue

UN System Chief Executive Board for Coordination (UNSCEB)

Main UN Organs Addressing Food Securiy and Nutrition

General Assembly

The General Assembly considers Agriculture development, food security and nutrition as an item on its agenda which is assigned to the 2nd Committee. The following are the documents issued on the agenda over the years:

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The Economic and Social Council considers various reports of committees, funds and programmes that deal with the issue of food security and agriculture during its sessions. 

Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies Addressing Food Issues

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

OHCHR | 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 is an honorary position and the expert is not a staff of the United Nations nor paid for his/her work. 

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.

In 2009 the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition was established as part of the reform of the international governance of food security to advise the Committee on World Food Security. The HLPE aims to improve the robustness of policy making by providing independent, evidence-based analysis and advice at the request of the CFS.