In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit to raise global awareness and land global commitments and actions that transform food systems to resolve not only hunger, but to reduce diet-related disease and heal the planet. The Secretary-General is calling for collective action of all citizens to radically change the way we produce, process, and consume food.

He has put in place several structures to support the Summit process. Preparations for the Summit are being led by a diverse team of key players in agriculture, policymaking, business, food aid, and indigenous communities.

Updates on the Summit process

Advisory Committee


The Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance and feedback on the Summit’s overall development and implementation. The committee is chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and comprises Member State representatives, as well as senior officials of relevant UN agencies, other international organizations and a wide range of individual experts, including farmers, indigenous peoples, civil society, researchers, academics, young people and business leaders.

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Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, Chair of the Summit Advisory Committee

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.

Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Mohammed began her career working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to three successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.

Ms. Mohammed has been conferred several honorary doctorates and has served as an adjunct professor, lecturing on international development. The recipient of various global awards, Ms Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels. She is the mother of six children and has two grandchildren.

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Agnes Kalibata

Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

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Chavannes Casseus

Coordinator of Mouvement des Paysans de la 3E Section (MP3K), Haiti

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Christine Gould

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Thought for Food, United States

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David Beasley

Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

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David Nabarro

Strategic Director, 4SD, United Kingdom

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Elizabeth Nsimadala

President, Pan-African Farmers Organization, Uganda (PAFO)

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Estrella “Esther” Penunia

Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Philippines

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Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, Netherlands

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Gilbert Houngbo

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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Inger Andersen

Chair, UN Task Force, and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Joachim von Braun

Chair, Scientific Group, and Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany

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Myrna Kay Cunningham Kain

President, Fund for Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC), Nicaragua

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Peter Bakker

President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Netherlands

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Qu Dongyu

Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Ruth Richardson

Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Canada

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Shamshad Akhtar

Former UN Under-Secretary General, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), Pakistan

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H.E. Thanawat Tiensin

Chairperson, Committee on World Food Security

Member State Representatives


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Ambassador María del Carmen Squeff


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Ambassador Walton Webson

Antigua and Barbuda

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Prof. Nie Fengying


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Ambassador Satyendra Prasad


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Ambassador Céline Jurgensen


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Ambassador Zoltán Kálmán


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Ambassador Giorgio Marrapodi


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Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr


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Ambassador Omar Hilale


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Ambassador Victor L. Vasiliev

Russian Federation

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Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh

United Arab Emirates

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Ms. Jennifer Harhigh, Charge d'Affaires ad interim

United States of America

Scientific Group


The Scientific Group is an independent group of leading researchers and scientists from around the world. Its members are responsible for ensuring the robustness, breadth and independence of the science that underpins the Summit and its outcomes.

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Joachim von Braun

Bonn University, ZEF

Joachim Von Braun is the Director of The Center for Development Research (ZEF), at the University of Bonn.

Professor Joachim Von Braun is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. He is Professor for Economic and Technological Change at the University of Bonn, President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, member of the Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), of the National German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and of the African Academy of Sciences.

He is also the Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe”, Co-Chair of the International Advisory Committee on Bioeconomy, and member of the Board of AGRA and of GAIN. He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

Von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, USA from 2002 to 2009. His research addresses international and development economics topics, including markets and trade, poverty, health and nutrition, agriculture, and science and technology. He was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).

Among awards received by Joachim, are a honorary Doctoral degree from the University of Hohenheim, and the Bertebos Prize of the Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research on food security, and the Justus von Liebig Prize for his research on international nutrition.

The Science behind the Summit

Prof. Kaosar Afsana (Vice Chair)

BRAC University

Prof. Louise Fresco (Vice Chair)

Wageningen University & Research

Prof. Mohamed Hassan (Vice Chair)

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

Dr. Mario Herrero Acosta

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Dr. Ousmane Badiane


Prof. Patrick Caron

University of Montpellier

Prof. Martin Cole

Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and HLPE Steering Committee of CFS

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

Prof. Frank Ewert

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Prof.em. Lisa Sennerby Forsse

Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA)

Prof. Sheryl Hendriks

University of Pretoria

Prof. Thomas Hertel

Purdue University

Prof.em. Elizabeth Hodson de Jaramillo

Pontifica Universidad Javeriana

Prof. Jikun Huang

Peking University

Dr. Marta Hugas

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Dr. Andrew Kambugu

Makerere University, Infectious Disease Institute

Prof. Kaoru Kitajima

Kyoto University

Prof. Rattan Lal

Ohio State University

Prof. Hoesung Lee

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Dr. Uma Lele

International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

Prof.em. Urs Niggli

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

Dr. Lynnette Neufeld

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and International Union of Nutrition Scientists (IUNS)

Dr. Claudia Sadoff


Prof. Jean-Francois Soussanae

Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE)

Prof. Morakot Tanticharoen

National Science & Technology Development Agency of Thailand (NSTDA)

Prof.em. Aman Wirakartakusumah

Bogor Agricultural University (IPB))

Prof. David Zilbermann

University of California Berkeley

Dr. Maximo Torero

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (ex-officio)

UN Task Force


The Task Force is responsible for ensuring a strategic and coordinated engagement of the UN System throughout the preparatory process to the UN Secretary-General’s Food Systems Summit. Chaired by the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, membership runs across the UN system as well as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other multilateral organizations. The chair represents the Task Force on the Summit Advisory Committee.

The strategic coordination of the Task Force focuses on mutual learning around existing efforts of participating entities (e.g., programmes, tools, initiatives, knowledge products). It supports the exchange of knowledge and experience gained through the Summit process, particularly through engagement in the action tracks, and will help lead on Summit follow-up.

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Inger Andersen

Chair, UN Task Force, and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Inger Andersen was appointed Executive Director of the UNEP by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in February 2019.

Between 2015 and 2019, Ms. Andersen was the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Prior to joining IUCN, Ms Andersen held various leadership roles at the World Bank and United Nations. Most recently, she was Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, and previous to that Vice President for Sustainable Development and Head of the CGIAR Fund Council. Throughout Ms Andersen’s 15-year career at the World Bank, her managerial roles focused on water, environment, and sustainable development with special emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. Previous to the World Bank, Ms. Andersen worked at the United Nations for 12 years, starting in the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office working on drought and desertification issues, and was then appointed UNDP’s Water and Environment Coordinator for the Arab Region.

Ms Andersen’s educational background includes a BA from London Metropolitan University North and a MA degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London with specialisation in development economics.