The UN Food Systems Summit, held during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23, is setting the stage for global food systems transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
The Science Reader brings research-based, state-of-the-art, solution-oriented knowledge and evidence to inform the transformation of contemporary food systems to achieve more sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems.
The global food system needs a revamp and science is one lens for making sure that changes are integrated and collectively deliver better outcomes. The Summit is a great opportunity to harness science and technology to improve nutrition, safeguard the environment, and focus on move into setting actions and targets.
Delegates, civil society organizations, and others, came together at the Pre-Summit. Groups ranging from organic farmers to Indigenous Peoples, youth and small businesses called for a central role in decision-making, as well as funding and other support.
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.
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.
In alignment with the core principles of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the strategic framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the youth-led World Food Forum (WFF) engages and empowers youth to find innovative and actionable solutions that can create more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for all. The WFF flagship event is set to launch 1-5 October 2021 to drive awareness, foster engagement and advocacy, and mobilize resources in support of agri-food systems transformation through youth-led action.
In partnership with the Government of Italy, the Pre-Summit took place in Rome from 26–28 July 2021. The event set the stage for the upcoming Summit on 23 Septemeber 2021 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).
Good food keeps us healthy. It helps us reach our potential. It strengthens our communities, powers our economies, and protects our planet. But not everyone gets good food every day, and this has to change. The Summit is bringing together everyone – farmers, Indigenous Peoples, young people and citizens from across the globe – to carve a path to a world where good food for all is a reality. Join us and take your first action...
We are laying down tracks to head into a new world where our food systems mean prosperity for people and the planet. The Summit and Sourcing Matters have launched a thought-provoking podcast, featuring experts on issues related to world hunger, malnutrition, climate change, and much more. Focused on the real experiences of rolling out the UN SDGs, each episode will bring forward solutions through motivating discussions.
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