Get involved Vol 25, No. 02 - February 2021

The UN Food Systems Summit needs your voice – now!

The UN Food Systems Summit is a turning point in the world’s journey to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Over the course of the year, the Summit will deepen our understanding of the problems we must solve, and set a course to radically change the way we produce, process, and consume food.

“We must all – in every section of society – lean into courageous conversations rather than avoiding them,” said Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

“At no moment in time should we forget this basic principle that what brings us together around our food systems is so much more powerful than what could potentially pull us apart.”

“It is critical that the Food Systems Summit is also a ‘People’s Summit’. This Summit cannot be owned and shaped by just a few actors. The Summit has opened doors for everyone, and we will need networks all over the world to lean into the conversation and have their voices heard,” she added.

So, how can you get involved?

Become a Food Systems Hero

The Summit is for everyone and its success relies on people everywhere getting involved, and sharing their views. By signing up to become a #FoodSystemsHero, you are joining a global movement for safe, sustainable and equitable food systems – and making a commitment to learn, share, gather and act for food systems transformation. Find out more.

Have your say in the Summit

Visit the recently launched online Summit Community, a highly collaborative space to guide the science, solutions, concepts and outcomes of the Summit. The platform is open to anyone with an interest in food systems at all levels, and will be a key entry point for stakeholder engagement on defining the solutions.

The five Action Tracks will draw on the expertise of actors from across the world’s food systems, and offer a space to share, learn, foster new actions and partnerships and amplify existing initiatives. Each Action Track’s leadership teams continues to look for game-changing ideas from everyone – everywhere. Have your say through these online surveys:

Action Track 1: Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all

Action Track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns

Action Track 3: Boost nature-positive production

Action Track 4: Advance equitable livelihoods

Action Track 5: Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress

Stay informed on the UN Food Systems Summit’s activities with Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  |  YouTube

Calling all world-changers: Share your SDG Good Practices!

UN DESA is calling on all changemakers, trailblazers and fearless activists to share their stories with the world. We are looking for good practices, success stories and lessons learned that could help others take action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Five years since world leaders pledged to achieve prosperity for all on a clean planet, the SDGs seem as distant as ever, as the deadly COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to a halt, undoing years, sometimes even decades of progress.

Even in this grim new reality, the SDG changemakers around the world are refusing to throw in the towel. On the contrary, they are redoubling their efforts to make up for the lost time. From creating green energy jobs for women and youth in war-torn Yemen to training community veterinarians in South Sudan, to helping indigenous peoples monitor the fulfilment of their rights in Latin America, the world is bubbling with inspiring SDG action – now we want to hear about yours! It’s time to register your good practice for the SDGs.

What makes a good practice good? In order to be approved, an SDG good practice should be:

  • SDG-specific
  • Results-focused
  • Inclusive
  • Accountable, sustainable and replicable

If the good practice is found to fulfill these criteria, it will join the ranks of over 500 projects from every corner of the world, already featured in UN DESA’s database. SDG good practice– no matter how large or small – may be taken up by someone on the other end of the planet. It may inspire organizations just like yours to start working for the global goals.

But most importantly, it will show the world that despite the COVID-19 setbacks, the wave of SDG action is unstoppable.

Here are the next steps:

  • Register SDG good practice before 28th February 2021 here.
  • Find answers to your questions here.
  • Be inspired by the shining examples of good practices from around the world in our new publication.
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