This document presents FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31 as endorsed by Conference in June 2021, with the specific terminology changes indicated in C2021/LIM/4, Section II. Further decisions and guidance from the Conference on implementation of this Framework is to be reported in the Adjustments to the Programme of Work and Budget 2022-23 (CL 168/3) for consideration by the Council in December 2021.
- As called for in the Basic Texts, since 2010 all of FAO’s work is guided by a Strategic Framework prepared for a period of ten to fifteen years, reviewed every four years. The Strategic Framework 2022-2031 has been developed in the context of major global and regional challenges in the areas of FAO’s mandate, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A world facing escalating threats demands that we act without delay to safeguard livelihoods, future-proof our planet and lock in sustainable outcomes. The 2030 Agenda is there to guide us, but the historic consensus surrounding its adoption must be matched by political determination to deliver it. With many of the goals in the 2030 Agenda off-track, the need to engage all actors at all levels becomes all the more pressing. Today’s challenges require cooperation, not only across borders but across the whole of society.
- FAO’s Strategic Framework seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable, agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.
- The four betters represent an organising principle for how FAO intends to contribute directly to SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), and SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities) as well as to supporting achievement of the broader SDG agenda, which is crucial for attaining FAO’s overall vision. The betters reflect the interconnected economic, social and environmental dimensions of agri-food systems. As such, they also encourage a strategic and systems-oriented approach within all FAO’s interventions.
- Twenty Programme Priority Areas will guide FAO on filling critical gaps and putting in place the conditions needed to drive the changes that will ultimately contribute to the achievement of the selected SDG targets. By fully embracing the SDGs, FAO moves away from bespoke targets and indicators and adopts a common language.
- FAO will also apply four cross-cutting/cross-sectional “accelerators”: (i) technology,
(ii) innovation, (iii) data, and (iv) complements (governance, human capital, and institutions) in all its programmatic interventions to accelerate impact while minimizing trade-offs.
- The document also highlights the importance of a shift in FAO’s working paradigm to ensure transformational change. FAO’s reinvigorated, fit-for-purpose business model aims to ensure an inclusive and agile Organization that is transparent, open, innovative, responsible, effective and impactful – and that serves its Members to achieve the four betters. The improved programmatic approach will be supported by deepening and expanding partnerships, ensuring optimal leverage of FAO’s normative strengths, seeking innovative financing mechanisms and sources, working under a unified vision (One FAO), embracing efficient and innovative approaches, and being prepared to operate in a world of increasing risk and uncertainty.
- The Strategic Framework was developed through an inclusive and transparent process involving extensive internal and external consultations, Governing Body meetings and informal consultations. It was also guided by FAO’s strategic foresight exercise, which aims to increase preparedness and effectiveness around achieving the Agenda 2030 and to share knowledge on challenges, threats and opportunities toward the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems.
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