Young people have a chance to express themselves on climate change. The ‘Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition’ meeting in Milan will offer young people from all over the world the opportunity to develop concrete proposals for Pre-COP26 in Milan and COP26 in Glasgow. The first two days will be dedicated to working groups, while the last day to a discussion between the young delegates and the Ministers attending the Pre-COP26.
Rural Development Report 2021 – Transforming food systems for rural prosperity
Food system transformation is inextricably linked with efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty, since the livelihoods of a large share of the world’s poor people are based upon such systems and we cannot afford to leave rural people behind. The report promotes equitable livelihoods for rural people, who are front and centre in transforming food systems, alongside the need to improve nutrition and protect the environment. The global need for more nutritious food, ecosystem services and a carbon economy also offers the potential for new and innovative livelihood opportunities. Join IFAD for the report's launch from 15:30 CEST.
Fixing the Business of Food: Private Sector Alignment with the SDGs and Accountability to Achieve Food Systems Transformation
Even as corporate sustainability efforts increase, food businesses continue to face fundamental challenges in aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hosted by the Barilla Foundation, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the Santa Chiara Lab, this event convenes leading sustainability experts to discuss how the agri-food sector can bridge this gap. Join from 14:00 CEST.
Join GOALS Post via free livestream as they showcase the next-gen solutions to SDG2. Global social entrepreneurs from nonprofit innovation labs Enactus & Unleash will share the stage with Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta & other UN luminaries, providing answers to difficult questions about food security, hunger & nutrition — all explicitly tied to the UN Food Systems Summit. #goalspost. Join from 11:00 EDT.
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues. This year's theme for the 76th session in "Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations." UNGA 76 will be held from 14 to 21 September. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021.
2021 is a critical year for recovery and food system transformation. This year’s AGRF Summit will explore the pathways and actions needed to accelerate this process and steer the Africa towards food systems that: Deliver sufficient and nutritious food; Do not impact the environment negatively; Create sustainable, dignified jobs, and shared prosperity for Africa. This Summit is a deﬁning moment in highlighting and unlocking the political, policy, and ﬁnancial commitments and innovations the continent has made and that it continues to work towards achieving
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is where the world comes together to set priorities and drive conservation and sustainable development action. IUCN’s 1400+ government, civil society and indigenous peoples’ Member organisations vote on major issues, action which guides humanity’s relationship with our planet for the decades ahead. The Congress will be the first hybrid in-person and virtual environmental event since the pandemic began. It will drive action on nature-based recovery, climate change and biodiversity for decades to come. Join from 8:30 CEST.
Access to healthy, nutritious food is a human right and yet it remains out of reach for far too many. In this Decade of Action, there is much to do, and it will require new partnerships and coalitions of actors who believe in overcoming the challenges in front of us. This Global Inter-Faith Summit Dialogue will focus on building and strengthening the coalitions between faith and secular groups to achieve food systems transformation. Join from 15:00 CEST.
The Pre-Summit includes an additional programme of affiliated sessions which will serve a key complementary role in bringing out additional valuable ideas and offering a platform to convene actors around the world to ensure more voices and ideas are heard, and more actors are thinking about how to take action in their own contexts. The Pre-Summit will run over three days from 9:00-19:30 CEST, and there are three time blocks for parallel affiliated sessions in the morning, mid-day, and evening.
The Pre-Summit will set the stage for the culminating global event in September by bringing together diverse actors from around the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, which is open to all who would like to participate, will take a hybrid format, with an in-person component complemented by a vast virtual programme and platform. Join us from 9:00 CEST.
The Finance Lever of the Summit aims to develop the financial system architecture and funding mechanisms (both public and private) to support the goals of a higher performing, more resilient and equitable food system. The Finance Public Forum is a valuable opportunity to secure input on current progress and emerging pieces of thought leadership, to profile promising solutions that could be replicated and scaled, and to identify opportunities to fill gaps and work together. Join us from 14:30 CEST.
Building a more resilient food system with technology
The pandemic has shone a light on how fragile and intertwined our global agri-food supply chain is, making it even more pressing to push for food systems innovation and change. Can we leverage technology to build a more resilient food system that feeds more people and feeds them better? Hosted by Pinduoduo, this inaugural forum will convene experts from around the world to share their insights and spark collaboration. Join us from 19:30 CST.
During this Forum, representatives from each of the five Action Tracks and the Summit Dialogues will share progress of idea-generation, and next steps in the Summit process. The conversation will focus on the Pre-Summit and beyond. Participants will also be invited to reflect on progress and provide feedback. Join us from 14:00 CEST.
Farmers, Fishers, Pastoralists and other Producers
This Global Summit Dialogue with Farmers, Fishers, Pastoralists and other Producers will build upon the outcomes of a series of producer-led Independent Summit Dialogues and will examine the challenges, contributions, responsibilities, and expectations of producers in transforming our food systems with regards to nutrition, climate, biodiversity, livelihoods, resilience, and other areas. Watch the opening session live on Facebook from 12:00 CEST here.
Launch of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI 2021) report presents the first evidence-based global assessment of chronic food insecurity in the year the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and spread across the globe. The report will also focus on complementary food system solutions that address the key drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition, and will be presented by the FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. Join in from 10:00 EDT.
Recognizing the pivotal role of science, technology and innovation for food systems transformation, the Science Days, organized by the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit and facilitated and hosted by FAO, offer an important opportunity to support the agenda setting process with scientific evidence and perspectives.
Trade, an essential piece of the food systems puzzle
This Global Summit Dialogue on Trade will be co-organised by the Special Envoy of the UN Food Systems Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata and the World Trade Organisation. The Dialogue will discuss how the trading system can best be reformed to address the food needs of tomorrow, and support sustainable development as called for by the Preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO. Watch on UNFSS YouTube from 14:00 CEST here.
Women have a key role to play in the Summit process and their voices and leadership are critical. The Gender Public Forum will provide an update on the latest Summit progress and the proposals to make food systems more gender equitable, seek inputs from participants by identifying existing gaps and recommendations on emerging gender solution areas, and mobilize broader participation across the globe to implement gender and food systems proposals. Join us from 14:30 CEST.
Empowering cities and local governments to improve food systems globally
Given the rates of urbanisation and the high prevalence of different forms of malnutrition in urban areas, it is critical to mainstream the role of urban food systems in the UN Food Systems Summit alongside national governments. This Global Summit Dialogue aims to bring political attention and promote significant actions and commitments towards sustainable urban food systems transformation, exchanging perspectives of local governments representatives and various urban food systems stakeholders. Watch the opening session from 14:30 CEST here.
This Global Finance Summit Dialogue will bring together stakeholders from across food and finance systems to explore opportunities to tackle barriers to financing sustainable food interventions, and to build an ambitious shared vision of a Food Finance Architecture to facilitate and promote large-scale investments in sustainable food systems. Watch the opening session live on Facebook from 14:00 CEST here.