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Report: Global right to food movement emerging


In his final report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food asks the following questions of burning interest: What is the global state of play on the right to food? Are steps being taken to make food a legal entitlement, and which actors are driving the process forward? How can country-led processes towards the institutionalization of the right to food be supported, and does such institutionalization contribute to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition?

October 28, 2013 | Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Report: Global right to food movement emerging

“At a time when multiple, conflicting visions for food security have been put on the table, it is impressive to see so many States adopting laws, policies and strategies to realize the right to food,” Olivier de Schutter said, recalling the importance of these legal and political steps in putting food security at the top of the decision-making hierarchy.

He stressed the importance of Governments, parliamentarians, courts, human rights institutions and civil society in building a right to food apparatus. “Where progress has been made in realizing the right to food, it is down to the multiple interlocking contributions of different State and non-State actors who make each other accountable,” he said.

The report is based on the insights accrued over six years as Special Rapporteur, including eleven country missions, submissions from a range of States from all regions, and regional right to food consultations in Latin America and the Caribbean (2011), Eastern and Southern Africa (2012) and West Africa (2013).

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See the infographic: Operationalizing the right to food: a multi-actor process.


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