The critical role of youth in ensuring good food for all

This news article was originally posted on the UNFSS site.

More than 100 young people came together at the May 4 Global Youth Summit Dialogue: Good Food for All, to discuss issues, emerging ideas and innovations related to the future of global food systems.

Participants discussed the meaning of “good food”, shared their ideas and keys insights, and touched on different topics such as agriculture, education, equality, social justice, human rights and climate change.

On the one hand, we have many advances in our rights, but on the other there are movements that are acting against our rights, and now more than ever we must accelerate our commitments. We must stay committed to the profound transformation of food,” said Jessica Vega Ortega, Co-President of the Global Caucus of Indigenous Youth, Mexico.

The Dialogue, convened by UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit Dr. Agnes Kalibata and Executive Director of UNICEF Henrietta H. Fore hosted such high-level speakers as UN Deputy-Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, Agriculture Extension Specialist Janya Green, and Co-President of the Global Caucus of Indigenous Youth, Jessica Vega Ortega. The event also featured special appearances from Waffles + Mochi and a moving poem about the lost culture of food from Sudanese-American slam poet and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Emi Mahmoud.

The UN Food Systems Summit Dialogues are a powerful opportunity to engage meaningfully and explore collectively how to achieve sustainable food systems. Anyone interested in food systems can also convene an Independent Summit Dialogue and contribute directly to the Summit’s vision and objectives.