The UN Food Systems Summit will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021, and will serve as a historic opportunity to empower all people to leverage the power of food systems to drive our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and get us back on track to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Over the past 18 months, the Summit has brought together all UN Member States and constituencies around the world – including thousands of youth, food producers, Indigenous Peoples, civil society, researchers, private sector, and the UN system – to bring about tangible, positive changes to the world’s food systems. As a people’s summit and a solutions summit, it has recognized that everyone, everywhere must take action and work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food.
The Summit will culminate this inclusive global process, offering a catalytic moment for public mobilization and actionable commitments by heads of state and government and other constituency leaders to take this agenda forward.
The Summit is open to all through its virtual programme and platform
The Summit will be a completely virtual event during the UN General Assembly High-level week. Through this event, the UN will reaffirm its commitment to promote human rights for all and ensure everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to participate.
Join us alongside leaders, experts and stakeholders from around the world. Together we can and must leverage the power of our food systems to achieve all of our shared goals for people, planet, and prosperity.
Note: Participants who registered for the Pre-Summit virtual platform in July do not need to register again for the Summit, as their existing profile will enable them continued access to the platform. If you have forgotten your login details or need to reset your password please visit this password reset page.
Transforming our food systems is among the most powerful way to change course and make progress towards all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Too many of the world’s food systems are fragile, unexamined and vulnerable to collapse, as millions of people around the globe have experienced first-hand during the COVID-19 crisis.
The world produces more food than ever; and around 1 billion tonnes of food goes to waste every year. However, even in this, hunger continues to be a global menace with more than 820 million people having insufficient to eat. In the interim, two billion men, women and children are suffering obesity due to unhealthy diets, hence, high risk of diseases and even death.
It is time to change our production and consumption ways, striving to reduce greenhouse gases (emissions) as the climate emergency has a direct and rising threat to food security.
For that matter, the following is envisaged in 2021 Food Systems Summit as a part of the Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs:
- Ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all(enabling all people to be nourished and healthy, progressive realization of the right to food)
- Shifting to sustainable consumption patterns(promoting and creating demand for healthy and sustainable diets, reducing waste)
- Boosting nature-positive production at sufficient scale(acting on climate change, reducing emissions and increasing carbon capture, regenerating and protecting critical ecosystems and reducing food loss and energy usage, without undermining health or nutritious diets)
- Advancing equitable livelihoods and value distribution (raising incomes, distributing risk, expanding inclusion, promote full and productive employment and decent work for all)
- Building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress(ensuring the continued functionality of healthy and sustainable food systems)
“As a human family, a world-free of hunger is our imperative.”- ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General.
PanAAC Regional Dialogues on UNFSS
PanAAC in the spirit of Systems and Cooperation as the Bedrock for a Sustainable Future has joined in the dialogue with UNFSS. In its view, PanAAC keenly observes how the double crises of COVID-19 and climate change mean that food systems should be at the center of the national and international agendas. PanAAC will also be hosting African Agribusiness SME dialogues both sub and regional.
In order to be sustainable, the development of the food system needs to generate positive value along three dimensions simultaneously: economic, social and environmental.
On the economic dimension, a food system is considered sustainable if the activities conducted by each food system actor or support service provider are commercially or fiscally viable. The activities should generate benefits, or economic value-added, for all categories of stakeholders: wages for workers, taxes for governments, profits for enterprises, and food supply improvements for consumers.
On the social dimension, a food system is considered sustainable when there is equity in the distribution of the economic value-added, taking into account vulnerable groups categorized by gender, age, race and so on. Of fundamental importance, food system activities need to contribute to the advancement of important socio-cultural outcomes, such as nutrition and health, traditions, labour conditions, and animal welfare.
On the environmental dimension, sustainability is determined by ensuring that the impacts of food system activities on the surrounding natural environment are neutral or positive, taking into consideration biodiversity, water, soil, animal and plant health, the carbon footprint, the water footprint, food loss and waste, and toxicity.