Participants from around the world came together at the May 28 Global Summit Dialogue: Food from the Ocean, Rivers, and Lakes - Essential for Food Systems, to discuss their views, perspectives, and ideas on how aquatic foods play a vital role in food systems.

Blue foods play a vital role in food systems but are often missing from the conversation. A healthy ocean means healthy people – the ocean and other aquatic ecosystems are fragile but have the potential to be pillars of local food systems if those systems are transformed to be more sustainable, nature-positive, and accessible.


We want to make sure that what is happening in this area, the blue foods area, is something that we start addressing…This impacts over 870 million people, 91 percent of whom are small fishers and farmers...It’s extremely important that we study this area, and we understand what is working.” - Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy to the UN Food Systems Summit


This Dialogue was part of both the Virtual Ocean Dialogues and the Global Dialogue for the UN Food Systems Summit. It was co-convened by Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, Friends of Ocean Action, the United Nations Foundation, and Norway.

The UN Food Systems Summit provides an opportunity to address gaps and develop solutions to feed the world through food systems that are good for the land, good for the climate, and good for the ocean.



(also available on the UNFSS YouTube channel here)