People from around the world came together at the June 28 Global Summit Dialogue: Empowering Cities and Local Governments to Improve Food Systems Globally, to bring attention to the critical roles and contributions of the cities and local governments in transforming food systems. The Dialogue allowed for an exchange of perspectives from local governments representatives and various urban food systems stakeholders.

Food and agriculture are being challenged by urbanization and growth of urban demographics. Currently, 70 per cent of food is consumed by urban inhabitants, with this share expected to increase. Cities offer a crucial entry point for transforming food systems.


Cities are essential drivers of change. They’re voices need to be heard. They often provide a glimpse into the future. They are acknowledged to be the world’s engines for business and for innovation. With good management, cities can provide better jobs, more hope, more inclusive growth, while building sustainability” - Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Chair of the UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 1, Lawrence Haddad


This Dialogue was co-convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments and the UN Food Systems Summit Secretariat.

Food Systems Summit Dialogues offer a powerful opportunity for people everywhere to have a seat at the table at this milestone UN Summit.



(also available on the UNFSS YouTube channel here)