Consultation of the Comprehensive Framework for Action

05/17/2010 00:00
05/18/2010 00:00

Location: Dublin, Ireland Consultation on the updating of the Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA) of the HLTF

In the process of updating the CFA, the event will provide an opportunity to exchange views on the changes required to better reflect the current context of food and nutrition insecurity. Coordination Team of the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis and the Government of Ireland

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Dialogue on the CFA, Dublin 17th and 18th May 2010:

Agenda and Thematic Working Groups

16th May 2010

Participants arrive at The Grand Hotel, Malahide.

17th May 2010

0800hrs to 0850hrs: Registration

0900hrs to 0930hrs: Keynote Addresses: Mr. Peter Power T.D., Minister of State for Overseas Development, Invited Minister (tbc)

0930hrs to 0950hrs: Introduction to the dialogue on the CFA (Tom Arnold and David Nabarro).

0950hrs to 1230hrs: Plenary discussion on comments received on the CFA, outstanding challenges and gaps to be addressed (co-chaired by Tom Arnold and David Nabarro)

1230hrs to 1400hrs: Lunch

1400hrs to 1600hrs: Thematic Working Groups (see attached Terms of Reference and Agenda)

1600hrs to 1700hrs: Free time

1700hrs to 1800hrs: Summary of first day’s discussion in the Thematic Working Groups and Plenary (David Nabarro and Tom Arnold)

1830hrs to 2000hrs: Social Event

18th May 2010

0900hrs to 1000hrs: Recap of Day 1, setting the scene for Day 2, and discussion
(David Nabarro and Tom Arnold)

1000hrs to 1230hrs: Thematic Working Groups (see attached Terms of Reference and Agenda)

1230hrs to 1400hrs: Lunch

1400hrs to 1645hrs: Plenary discussion: Points of Agreement; Coordination; Partnerships
(co-chaired by Tom Arnold and David Nabarro)

1645hrs to 1800hrs: Closing and drinks

Terms of Reference and Agendas for the 6 Thematic Working Groups

  • There will be 6 Thematic Working Groups:
    • Food Assistance
    • Social Protection
    • Food Production and Value Chains
    • Strengthening Eco System Management under a Changing Climate.
    • Trade and Taxation Policies and International Food Markets
    • Information and Monitoring Systems
  • Each Thematic Working Group will meet over the two days and address their theme according to:
    • Day 1: Underlying Principles and Strategy
    • Day 2: Policy and Programme Issues and Actions
  • The Thematic Working Groups will discuss and identify:
    • Points of Agreement
    • Points of Disagreement
    • Gaps in the Analysis
    • Outstanding Issues
    • Note takers will record the discussions of the thematic working groups. These will be summarized to the co-chairs of the event and discussed during the plenary session.
    • The Thematic Working Groups will be co-facilitated by members of the CFA Reference Group and NGO/CSOs representatives. The UN will nominate the Reference Group facilitators and Concern Worldwide will work with Civil Society invitees to decide on the co-facilitators.
    • The facilitators will encourage participants to consider in the discussions the following:
      • The twin track approach: Short term measures to respond to immediate needs and longer term investments for sustainable impacts.
      • 5 Rome Principles: country-owned plans; strategic coordination at national, regional and global level; comprehensive twin-track approach to food and nutrition security; strong role for the multilateral system; sustained and substantial investments.
      • Key elements of Food and Nutrition Security: Access, availability, utilization and stability
      • Cross cutting issues: right to food, gender, nutrition, and environmental challenges
      • Vulnerable Groups: (such as) fishers, pastoralists, small holder farmers, urban poor, women, children etc
    • Participants will be requested, in advance of the meeting, to indicate their Thematic Working Group of preference. Due to room capacities the maximum size of a Working Group will be 30 people: not all preferences can be guaranteed.
    • ALL PARTICIPANTS are expected to be familiar with the BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS for the Dublin Meeting. These include: THE 2008 CFA, the DRAFT UPDATE OF THE CFA and the SUMMARY OF COMMENTS RECEIVED. These will be posted on the Dublin Meeting website ( and the HLTF Coordination Team website ( shortly.

    Day 1: Discussion on Underlying Principles and Strategy

    1400hrs: Introduction of Participants
    1410hrs: Facilitator 1 (UN): introduces the theme of the Working Group
    1420hrs: Facilitator 2 (NGO/CSO): summarizes main comments received from partner entities
    1430hrs: Discussion on the underlying principles and strategy
    1550hrs: Summary and Conclusions by facilitators.
    1600hrs: Tea/Coffee break

    (Rapporteurs’ summary to Chairs –private meeting)

    Day 2: Discussion on Policy and Programme Issues and Actions

    1000hrs: Rapporteur to recap of previous day discussions
    1010hrs: Facilitators introduce the discussion
    1020hrs: Discussion on policy and programme issues and actions
    1130hrs: Tea/Coffee break
    1145hrs: Discussion (cont.)
    1220hrs: Summary and Conclusions by facilitators
    1230hrs: Lunch

    (Rapporteurs’ summary to Chairs –private meeting)

    Please note that there will be interpretation services available in English, French and Spanish for the plenary sessions. There will also be limited interpretation in French for the Thematic Working Groups.

Monday, May 17, 2010 - Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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