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.
While the location and date are still to be determined, the Summit is likely to be held in the final four months of 2021.
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.