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Voluntary Guidelines - to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security. #WorldFoodSummit
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In 1996, at the World Food Summit, Heads of State and Government reaffirmed" the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food, consistent with the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger." The declaration of the World Food Summit: five years later, in June 2002, reaffirmed the importance of strengthening the respect of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and invited "the FAO Council to establish an Intergovernmental Working Group to develop a set of Voluntary Guidelines to support Member States' efforts to achieve the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security". An Intergovernmental Working Group was established in November 2002 and working relationships, in particular with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, were strengthened. After two years of intense and constructive negotiations and discussions among members of the Intergovernmental Working Group and its Bureau as well as representatives of stakeholders and civil society, the Voluntary Guidelines were adopted by the FAO Council in November 2004. The Voluntary Guidelines represent the first attempt by governments to interpret an economic, social and cultural right and to recommend actions to be undertaken for its realization. The objective of the Voluntary Guidelines is to provide practical guidance to States in their implementation of the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, in order to achieve the goals of the World Food Summit Plan of Action. Relevant stakeholders could also benefit from such guidance. The Voluntary Guidelines cover the full range of actions to be considered by governments at the national level in order to build an enabling environment for people to feed themselves in dignity and to establish appropriate safety nets for those who are unable to do so. They can be used to strengthen and improve current development frameworks, particularly with regard to social and human dimensions, putting the entitlements of people more firmly at the center of development.
Publisher:
FAO ,   (2005 )
Type / Script:
Progress Report in English
Keywords:
RIGHT TO FOOD, HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY, FOOD SECURITY, CONSUMER PROTECTION, EDUCATION, FOOD PLANNING, FOOD PROBLEMS, FOOD RESOURCES, FOOD SHORTAGE, FOOD SUPPLY, FOOD SURPLUSES, NUTRITION POLICY, SOCIAL POLICY
Thematic Group:
 FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization
Thesaurus:
10.01.00  -  Food And Nutrition
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