The NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger coordinates advocacy and policy thinking among NGOs at the United Nations in New York. Participants are concerned that a billion people worldwide are hungry and malnourished. The NGOs seek urgent international action to address this crisis. They envision a global food system which guarantees secure and equitable access by all people to healthy food that is produced in ways that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
The NGO Working Group takes advantage of its presence in New York to monitor the work of the United Nations on food security and policies related to hunger alleviation, to advocate with UN bodies and delegations, and to coordinate activities together with the wider NGO community on this topic. The Working Group draws on the wide networks of its participant NGOs to circulate information and policy proposals and to provide a channel for international NGO inputs into UN policymaking. Corresponding Members of the Working Group bring additional knowledge and advocacy capacity from outside New York.
The Working Group maintains close relations with the Committee on World Food Security in Rome and especially the Civil Society Mechanism, seeking to promote common goals through policy coordination and mutual support.
NGO Working Group participants jointly undertake the following:
While each participating organization has its own advocacy priorities and special approaches, participants agree to jointly:
- Monitor food and hunger related policymaking at the United Nations and exchange information regularly.
- Circulate information among participants about their own organization’s work and best practices.
- Pursue dialogue and advocacy on food and hunger issues with staff of the UN Secretariat and the Specialized Agencies, Funds and Programs, including the Secretary General’s High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis.
- Advocate jointly with government delegations, especially in the preparation of resolutions and other policy documents
- Work together to develop joint statements, jointly-sponsored policy research, etc.
- Reach out to NGOs and grassroots organizations outside New York, including exploring ways for direct participation through Skype or video-conferencing in the meetings of the Working Group.
- Organize jointly and with other partners events to educate the public and especially the UN community.
- Coordinate closely with the work of the Committee on World Food Security and its Civil Society Mechanism.
- Bring the voices of small farmers and agricultural workers into discussions at the UN.
- Promote a scientific basis for food-related policymaking at the UN, through the dissemination of studies such as the IAASTD report .
- Work collectively on the broader relationships between the food system and the environment, development and security.