The Pre-Summit includes an additional programme of affiliated sessions which will serve a key complementary role in bringing out additional valuable ideas and offering a platform to convene actors around the world to ensure more voices and ideas are heard, and more actors are thinking about how to take action in their own contexts. The Pre-Summit will run over three days from 9:00-19:30 CEST, and there are three time blocks for parallel affiliated sessions in the morning, mid-day, and evening.
The Pre-Summit will set the stage for the culminating global event in September by bringing together diverse actors from around the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, which is open to all who would like to participate, will take a hybrid format, with an in-person component complemented by a vast virtual programme and platform. Join us from 9:00 CEST.
The Finance Lever of the Summit aims to develop the financial system architecture and funding mechanisms (both public and private) to support the goals of a higher performing, more resilient and equitable food system. The Finance Public Forum is a valuable opportunity to secure input on current progress and emerging pieces of thought leadership, to profile promising solutions that could be replicated and scaled, and to identify opportunities to fill gaps and work together. Join us from 14:30 CEST.
Building a more resilient food system with technology
The pandemic has shone a light on how fragile and intertwined our global agri-food supply chain is, making it even more pressing to push for food systems innovation and change. Can we leverage technology to build a more resilient food system that feeds more people and feeds them better? Hosted by Pinduoduo, this inaugural forum will convene experts from around the world to share their insights and spark collaboration. Join us from 19:30 CST.
During this Forum, representatives from each of the five Action Tracks and the Summit Dialogues will share progress of idea-generation, and next steps in the Summit process. The conversation will focus on the Pre-Summit and beyond. Participants will also be invited to reflect on progress and provide feedback. Join us from 14:00 CEST.
Farmers, Fishers, Pastoralists and other Producers
This Global Summit Dialogue with Farmers, Fishers, Pastoralists and other Producers will build upon the outcomes of a series of producer-led Independent Summit Dialogues and will examine the challenges, contributions, responsibilities, and expectations of producers in transforming our food systems with regards to nutrition, climate, biodiversity, livelihoods, resilience, and other areas. Watch the opening session live on Facebook from 12:00 CEST here.
Launch of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI 2021) report presents the first evidence-based global assessment of chronic food insecurity in the year the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and spread across the globe. The report will also focus on complementary food system solutions that address the key drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition, and will be presented by the FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. Join in from 10:00 EDT.
Recognizing the pivotal role of science, technology and innovation for food systems transformation, the Science Days, organized by the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit and facilitated and hosted by FAO, offer an important opportunity to support the agenda setting process with scientific evidence and perspectives.
Trade, an essential piece of the food systems puzzle
This Global Summit Dialogue on Trade will be co-organised by the Special Envoy of the UN Food Systems Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata and the World Trade Organisation. The Dialogue will discuss how the trading system can best be reformed to address the food needs of tomorrow, and support sustainable development as called for by the Preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO. Watch on UNFSS YouTube from 14:00 CEST here.
Women have a key role to play in the Summit process and their voices and leadership are critical. The Gender Public Forum will provide an update on the latest Summit progress and the proposals to make food systems more gender equitable, seek inputs from participants by identifying existing gaps and recommendations on emerging gender solution areas, and mobilize broader participation across the globe to implement gender and food systems proposals. Join us from 14:30 CEST.
Empowering cities and local governments to improve food systems globally
Given the rates of urbanisation and the high prevalence of different forms of malnutrition in urban areas, it is critical to mainstream the role of urban food systems in the UN Food Systems Summit alongside national governments. This Global Summit Dialogue aims to bring political attention and promote significant actions and commitments towards sustainable urban food systems transformation, exchanging perspectives of local governments representatives and various urban food systems stakeholders. Watch the opening session from 14:30 CEST here.
This Global Finance Summit Dialogue will bring together stakeholders from across food and finance systems to explore opportunities to tackle barriers to financing sustainable food interventions, and to build an ambitious shared vision of a Food Finance Architecture to facilitate and promote large-scale investments in sustainable food systems. Watch the opening session live on Facebook from 14:00 CEST here.
Sustainable food systems: Nature positive food systems for a healthy planet & healthy people
This Global Summit Dialogue will be convened by the UNFSS Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme to encourage discussions and foster a greater understanding and ownership of food systems issues amongst key decision-makers and stakeholders in the environment sector, and of environmental concerns amongst food and agriculture systems stakeholders. Watch on UN Web TV from 13:00 CEST.
You are invited to join this second Public Forum on the Summit's Innovation Lever of Change, where the work around four focus areas on innovation will be presented by the key panel that will frame the importance of innovation in supporting the Action Tracks and game-changing propositions, underlining strategic priorities and new key partnerships crucial for the improvement of the future food systems. The Forum will include a panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience. Join us from 15:00 CEST.
Food Systems: Harnessing nutrition co-benefits of climate resilient agriculture
IFAD - Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG) in collaboration with Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI-WUR) invite you to the webinar “Food Systems: Harnessing nutrition co-benefits of climate resilient agriculture. This webinar will explore climate-nutrition nexus from different perspectives and generate unusual ideas to move away from doing business as usual as we approach the Food Systems Summit later this year. Join in from 13:30 CEST.
We need a new narrative that brings together health, food systems and human rights. Against the background of the World Health Assembly, and in support of the UN Food Systems Summit, WHO is opening a space for “Health talks” as an engaging opportunity to increase the awareness of people on how food systems and health are linked, and why food systems transformation is necessary to achieve health and well-being for all. Register to find out more.
The 48th Plenary of CFS will take place virtually on Friday, 4 June 2021, and will feature ten side events organized by its partners. Eight of these side events will be held on Thursday 3 June with the other two scheduled for Friday 4 June. These side events will focus on agroecology, innovation, the role of the private sector in agroecology, youth and much more. Webcast services will be available - join in from 09:00 CEST.
Food for All: Food conflicts and the future of food systems
The Secretariat of State of the Holy See, the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD & WFP, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and the Vatican COVID-19 Commission alongside its partners working in food security, have launched a series of webinars entitled Food for Life, Food Justice, Food for All. The webinar on May 31, cohosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and titled “Food for All: Food conflicts and the future of food systems”, will explore different responses to food conflicts, and how the Church can best contribute and collaborate to address hunger and food inequality around the world.
Food from the ocean, rivers and lakes - essential for our food systems
This Global Dialogue aims to address the concept that 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. This Dialogue is being co-convened by Special Envoy of the UN Food Systems Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, FOA, UN Foundation, and Norway.
During this Forum, representatives from each of the five Action Tracks and the Summit Dialogues will share progress of idea-generation, and next steps in the Summit process. The conversation will focus on the emerging Action Areas and Solution Clusters with an invitation for participating in and building coalitions as a part of the Summit and post-Summit engagement. Participants will also be invited to reflect on progress and provide feedback. Join us from 14:00 CEST.