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Food Systems Summit Dialogues

Food Systems Summit Dialogues are critical to the Food Systems Summit process. The Dialogues offer a purposeful and organized forum for stakeholders to come together to share their roles in food systems, consider their impacts on others and find new ways to come together in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Dialogues are an opportunity for all citizens to engage as stakeholders in the world’s food systems; they bring people together at a time when so much is pushing us apart.


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Start a Summit Dialogue

Everyone is invited to organize or participate in a Food Systems Summit Dialogue. Dialogues give all participants an opportunity to contribute to designing the food systems of the future, and to explore how they can work together to make the transformations happen in the coming decade.

The Summit Dialogues use a standardized approach to convening, curating and facilitating structured conversations among groups with different perspectives on how to get their food systems to work for the common good. The structured method of the Summit Dialogues supports the engagement leading up the 2021 Summit by welcoming a diversity of views, seeking out new connections and establishing pathways for equitable and sustainable food systems transformation. The Summit Dialogues are guided by a toolkit, training materials and a means to share findings publicly. The outcomes of the Summit Dialogues will inform the Summit process and help to guide individual and collective action towards a future of food that is sustainable, equitable and secure.

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Why Start a Dialogue?

The success of this Summit depends on the engagement of citizens all over the world, across a diversity of viewpoints and sectors. The Dialogues will facilitate this engagement in a way that is guided by the values of sustainable development and informed by both science and experience.

Dialogues are an opportunity for anyone to engage with the Summit in a meaningful way. The Dialogues aim to respect a healthy diversity of viewpoints, encourage shared exploration and reveal promising new ways of working together. Participants include:

  • People who work to feed a population by growing, harvesting, packing, processing, distributing, selling, storing, marketing, consuming or disposing of food.
  • People who work in sectors that shape food systems, including infrastructure, transport, financial services, information and technology.
  • People whose work affects other critical facets of food systems, including natural resources, the environment, the economy, culture, indigenous knowledge, policies, politics, trade, regulations and more.

By organizing a Summit Dialogue, stakeholders will have the chance to explore the challenges faced by their food systems, reflect on the Summit themes and learn from the perspective of the others who participate. Organizers will create an inclusive and supportive venue for debate, collaboration, consensus-building and shared commitment to making change happen.

Types of Dialogues

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We invite everyone to consider organizing or participating in one of the three types of Summit Dialogues that will take place between now and the Summit. All Dialogues will aim to foster new connections and chart a sustainable path forward.

  • Member State Summit Dialogues are organized by national governments.
  • Global Summit Dialogues align with global events on major issues like climate, environment, health, economies and jobs, humanitarian aid and water.
  • Independent Summit Dialogues are organized by individuals.
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To learn more or to get involved, visit the Dialogue Gateway.

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