Terms of reference
Key objectives and functions
The objective of the High-Level Task Force is to ensure comprehensive and coordinated understanding and action in responding to both immediate and longer-term food challenges.
The principal functions of the High-Level Task Force will include:
- Advising the Secretary-General on the appropriate responses to the global food challenges;
- Discussing and endorsing a coherent and coordinated overall Comprehensive Framework for Action, including a range of strategies for immediate and longer-term action;
- Developing broad consensus, including with governments and key external actors, on the Framework and the proposed way forward;
- Ensuring the coordinated implementation of the Framework and its related activities;
- Promoting coherent and coordinated messaging and information sharing.
In order to facilitate the work of the High-Level Task Force, the Task Force Coordinator will chair a Senior Steering Group. The Senior Steering Group will provide the Task Force with substantive analysis and advice and prepare the Comprehensive Framework for Action and related documents. The Task Force Coordinator will also form a small Secretariat that will provide logistical support to both the Task Force and the Steering Group.
The High-Level Task Force will be led and chaired by the United Nations Secretary-General. The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will be the Vice-Chairman of the Task Force and its membership will be comprised of relevant UN and Bretton Woods Institutions at principal/head of agency level. On a case-by-case basis, the Secretary-General may decide to invite other relevant heads of UN Secretariat departments, organizations and external experts to Task Force meetings.
Meetings and reporting
The High-Level Task Force will meet on an ad-hoc basis, as required. The first meeting will take place in mid-May. The Secretary-General will endeavor to actively communicate the work of the Task Force to all stakeholders, in particular Member States, through a number of high-level events, bilateral consultations as well as the creation of a public web site.