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2021 UN Food Systems Summit

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The UN Secretary-General will convene a summit on food systems in September or October 2021, with the aim of promoting the positive impact of a systems-based approach to food and addressing climate change with concrete solutions as part of the 2030 Agenda.

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At the Summit, the goal is to create a platform for ambitious new actions, innovative solutions, and plans to transform food systems to take advantage of these changes and make progress on all of the SDGs.

Specific objectives and outcomes of the Summit include:

  • Raise awareness of food systems' centrality to the entire sustainable development agenda, and the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in the wake of a global pandemic;
  • Align stakeholders around a common understanding and narrative of a food system framework as a foundation for concerted action, making food and food systems a more widespread issue for advocacy and action to achieve the 2030 Agenda;
  • Recognize the need for inclusivity and innovation in food systems governance and action;
  • Motivate and empower stakeholders who support food systems transformation through the development of improved tools, measurement, and analysis; and
  • Catalyze, accelerate, and enlarge bold action for the transformation of food systems by all communities, including countries, cities, companies, civil society, citizens, and food producers.

Background information

The term “food system” refers to all processes involved in the production, processing, transportation and consumption of food.

The summit is guided by five action tracks.

Each track is designed to consider synergies as well as potential trade-offs with other tracks and to develop innovative solutions and strategies that can bring significant benefits to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 Agenda.

They are intended to create solutions at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Existing initiatives that align with the Summit's vision and principles will be scaled up and accelerated.

UN agencies will provide technical support as well as interface with the broader experience and expertise of the entire UN system and oversee the implementation of follow-up to the Summit.

Members of the science group will serve in each area to ensure sound scientific underpinning of the tracks.

The following UN agencies have been selected as anchor organizations for each action track:

  • FAO - Action track 1: Ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all
  • WHO - Action track 2: Shifting to sustainable consumption patterns
  • UNCCD - Action track 3: Boosting nature-positive production at scale
  • IFAD - Action track 4: Advancing equitable livelihoods    
  • WFP - Action track 5: Building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses
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