14 July 2021

With less than two weeks until the Pre-Summit in Rome, the following key dates have been confirmed:

  • Thursday, July 22: deadline to apply for media accreditation (register here). Please note, all media activities will be virtual and there will be no in-person media attendance at the Pre-Summit.
  • Friday, July 23: accreditation will be confirmed by email.

The tentative agenda for the Pre-Summit is available online, with regular press briefings for accredited media to be announced in due course. Highlights include:

Day one (Mon, July 26) Day two (Tues, July 27) Day three (Weds, July 28)
15:00-17:00: Official Pre-Summit Opening Ceremony 10:30: Winners of #Small4All business competition announced 14:00-15:00 (TBC): Virtual press conference for accredited media
17:00-18:00 (TBC): Virtual press conference for accredited media   15:00-17:00: Closing plenary

Among the delegates due to participate in the Pre-Summit are:

  • António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
  • Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • H.R.H. Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand
  • Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
  • María Juliana Ruiz, First Lady of Colombia
  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Massimo Bottura, Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Sabrina Elba, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Notes to editors

Journalists can register for news updates from the Summit here and apply for accreditation for the Pre-Summit here.

For more information, contact:

About the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

The UN Food Systems Summit was announced by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on World Food Day last October as a part of the Decade of Action for delivery on the SDGs by 2030. The aim of the Summit is to deliver progress on all 17 of the SDGs through a food systems approach, leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality. More information about the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and list of Advisory Committee and Scientific Group members can be found online:

The Food Systems Pre-Summit is being held in Rome under the leadership of the Secretary-General and in partnership with the Government of Italy from July 26 to July 28 before the Summit in September.