WHAT: Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales are among the latest delegates to confirm their participation in the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit, which begins on Monday, July 26.

Virtual media accreditation has been extended to Sunday, July 25 (register here).

The following press briefings and press conferences will take place during the Pre-Summit. Access to ask questions to speakers will be provided to accredited media only.


Time Description Speakers

Monday, July 26




Virtual press briefing


Esther Penunia, Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)

Lavetanalagi Seru, Co-Founder and Coordinator, Alliance of Future Generations

(Moderator: Katie Taft, UNFSS communications lead)




Hybrid press conference


Beatriz Argimón, Vice President, Uruguay

Charlie McConalogue TD. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland

Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Cherrie Atilano, UN Nutrition Ambassador, and Founding Farmer and President, AGREA, Philippines

(Moderator: Katie Taft)

Tuesday, July 27


08:00-08:45 CEST


Hybrid press briefing


Sabrina Elba, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Dr. Jemimah Njuki, UN Food Systems Summit Custodian for Gender and Women’s Empowerment

(Moderator: Katie Taft)


10:30-11:30 CEST


Virtual press event: announcement of the UN Best Small Business: Good Food for All winners


Moderator: Julie Gichuru, Mastercard Foundation + special guests


Wednesday, July 28


09:00-10:00 CEST


Virtual press briefing


Thanawat Tiensin, Chairperson of the UN Committee on World Food Security and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN Agencies in Rome

(Moderator: Katie Taft)


14:00-15:00 CEST


Hybrid press conference


Moderator: Katie Taft + special guests


WHEN: The Pre-Summit begins with the opening plenary at 09:00 CEST, Monday, July 26. The agenda for the Pre-Summit is available online.

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

  • Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy
  • Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda
  • H.R.H. Prince of Wales
  • H.R.H. Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand
  • Beatriz Argimon, Vice President of Uruguay
  • António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
  • Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
  • Karina Gould, Minister of Development, Canada
  • Jewel Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, US
  • María Juliana Ruiz, First Lady of Colombia
  • Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General, UN
  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Massimo Bottura, three-Michelin-star chef and UN Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme
  • Sabrina Elba, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Notes to editors

Picture editors: Photos will be uploaded throughout the Pre-Summit and available here.

Broadcasters: Footage will be available via UNifeed.

Webcast and capture: Details below according to official programme.

Plenary hall

  • Screen capture: venue link with interpretation widget: https://unfoodsystems.org/index.php
  • Embed: video player only: https://vimeo.com/event/1122586/embed?dnt=1

Green room

  • Screen capture : venue link with interpretation widget: https://unfoodsystems.org/hall2.php
  • Embed: videoplayer only: https://vimeo.com/event/1124809/embed?dnt=1

Red room

  • Screen capture: venue link with interpretation widget: https://unfoodsystems.org/hall3.php
  • Embed: videoplayer only: https://vimeo.com/event/1124818/embed?dnt=1

Yellow room

  • Screen capture: venue link with interpretation widget: https://unfoodsystems.org/hall4.php
  • Embed: videoplayer only: https://vimeo.com/event/1156088/embed?dnt=1

Journalists can register for news updates from the Summit here.

For more information, contact FSScommunications@un.org

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: https://www.un.org/foodsystemssummit

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.