The Secretary-General will convene this Summit to launch bold new actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food, delivering progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Photo:Djemma el Fan night food market, Marrakech, Morocco, iStock
It is unacceptable that hunger is on the rise at a time when the world wastes more than 1 billion tonnes of food every year. It is time to change how we produce and consume, including to reduce greenhouse emissions. Transforming food systems is crucial for delivering all the Sustainable Development Goals. As a human family, a world free of hunger is our imperative.
We can build a just and resilient world where no one is left behind
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In the lead-up to One Planet's 3rd Global Conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme, Christophe Béné - Senior Researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - shares his views on what he sees is a huge and still increasing challenge of accurately measuring progress and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals; and how this then relates to the questions around the sustainability of our food systems.
This week UNICEF and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) released a series of informative papers in a special issue of the journal Global Food Security on children’s food systems. Focused on diets and nutrition, its core message is that food systems need to work both for and with children and adolescents.
In a time of many seemingly insurmountable challenges, the thing we can fix is food systems: those in our local communities as well as the ones we share as global citizens. From the farm to the table, the decisions that we as individuals make about land-use, food consumption, production, processing, distribution, retailing, and advertising matter.
To feed more than 10 billion people within our planetary boundaries by 2050, while ending hunger and tackling unhealthy diets, we will have to fundamentally change the food system, requiring co-ordinated and large-scale action by all stakeholders across multiple axes. This event is held in support of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, and is organised by a multi-stakeholder group of organisations that will seek to develop concrete, multi-stakeholder input into priorities, challenges, opportunities, and game-changing solutions.
Join UNFSS and leaders of the five Action Tracks at this event.
The Third Global Conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme will define actions to make food environments more conducive to sustainable and healthy diets. It will also promote multi-stakeholder collaboration and raise the political importance of sustainable food systems among public and private sector leaders. This conference will be a key stepping stone towards the breakthrough UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.
Action Track 4 (AT4) is concentrating on the livelihoods at the various points within food systems - from the small-scale farmer to the retailer - and how we advance equity throughout. Over the past one-two months, we have started to define the nature of the tasks that AT4 will take on and how to implement them. To inform our next steps, we want to canvas ideas and create opportunities for you to participate, so we can listen to your input.