13 September 2021

Secretary-General Calls for ‘Ambitious Commitments to Feed Hope for a Better Future’, in Statement Ahead of United Nations Food Systems Summit

The following statement by Secretary-General António Guterres was issued today:

The international community has a vital opportunity to help advance the vision of the 2030 Agenda by transforming how we produce, process and consume food.  A well-functioning food system can help prevent conflict, protect the environment and provide health and livelihoods for all.

In food, there is hope.  Over the past 18 months, as the pandemic physically pushed us apart, the Food Systems Summit brought people together through a remarkable process of global engagement.  They united around a simple idea:  food can help us accelerate actions and bring in solutions to achieve all of the Sustainable Development Goals and recover better from COVID-19.

As leaders prepare for the historic Food Systems Summit on 23 September, I urge everyone to come with ambitious commitments to feed hope for a better future.  It is our moral imperative to keep our promise to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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