The ways in which we produce, process and consume food – what experts call “food systems” are driving climate change, food waste as well as food related diseases. Our food systems must change to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
UN Secretary-General Guterres will host a UN Food Systems Summit in 2021 to raise ambition, increase our understanding of the problems we must solve, and set a course to radically transform our food systems. Find below a snapshot of what we know so far.
Convened by the United Nations, the UN Food Systems Summit will look at the nexus issues of climate, employment/social issues, environment and nutrition, and the trade-offs in achieving the SDGs through a food systems lens. The Summit will offer a catalytic moment for global public mobilisation and actionable commitments to invest in diverse ways to make food systems inclusive, climate-smart and resilient, and support sustainable peace.
The UN Food Systems Summit is a turning point in the world’s journey to achieving the SDGs by 2030. Over the next year, the Summit will raise global awareness, deepen our understanding of the problems we must solve, and set a course to radically change the way we produce, process, and consume food. Rebuilding the food systems of the world enables us to answer the Secretary-General’s call to “build back better” and to leave no one behind.
Date: September 2021
Location: New York
Agnes Kalibata, the UN Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit, lays out her vision in the video below:
As a key contribution to the Decade of Action, the Summit is not an end in itself but aims to drive discussion and leverage moments between now and the Summit to explore what food systems mean for the climate sector or the nutrition community, for example, and what this means for achieving the SDGs.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has put in place several structures to support the Summit process.
- is an independent and diverse group of leading researchers and scientists from around the world.
- is responsible for ensuring the robustness, breadth and independence of the science that underpins the Summit and its outcomes.
- will inform the Summit’s content, recommended outcomes, clarify the level of ambition and commitments that will emerge from the Summit.
- works closely with the other structures for the Food Systems Summit, especially the Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit and her Secretariat, the Action Tracks and Dialogue initiatives. (See ToR of the Scientific Group at “About us”)
The five Action Tracks will draw on the expertise of actors from across the world’s food systems, and offer stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds a space to share and learn, with a view to fostering new actions and partnerships and amplifying existing initiatives. To progress the work for each Action Track, their leadership teams continue to look for game-changing ideas from everyone – everywhere. Have your say via these online surveys:
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