The UN Food Systems Summit process and outcomes

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Friday 29 October 2021, 13:30-15:00 CET via Zoom

On 23 September 2021, the UN Secretary-General convened a digital Food Systems Summit connected with the UN General Assembly in New York. Before that, a three-day-long pre-summit was organized in Rome. The Summit highlighted the following four action areas:

  • Nourish all people
  • Boost nature-based solutions of production
  • Advance equitable livelihoods, decent work, and empowered communities
  • Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks, and stresses.

The summit process has included a strong focus on science for sustainable food systems. A scientific group with selected science leaders and scientists has authored a number of background reports and organized consultations and events leading up to the summit. The summit has also led to the formation of a number of new coalitions. 

The follow-up of the food system summit will be governed from Rome-based multilateral institutions, as well as individual countries reporting pathways for sustainable transformation of their food systems, including partnership with civil society organizations and the private sector.

Webinar objective

The webinar's objective is to explore further the options - post-summit - for establishing science-policy interfaces. The panelists will provide their insights in the context of their observations of the UN food summit and the COVID-19 pandemic. Important food systems drivers such as climate change, armed conflicts and inequality will be discussed.

The overall purpose is to contribute to science-informed and evidence-based food systems actions for the 21st century. Each of the panelist will be asked: What is the way forward for the world’s broken food systems? 

PROGRAM


Bishal Sitaula

Introduction and welcome 

Bishal Sitaula, Webinar Moderator, Professor of International Environment Studies, Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).


Lise Albrechtsen

The engagement by UN member states in the UN Food Systems Summit and beyond

Lise Albrechtsen, Special Envoy for Climate Adaptation and Food Security, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway. 


Joseph Hella

The UN Food Systems Summit process and outcomes: Perspectives from Tanzania 

Joseph HellaProfessor, Department of Food and Resource Economics (DeFRE), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania. 


Ruth Haug

The UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and the role of science 

Ruth HaugProfessor of International Development Studies, Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).


Ola Westengen

The UNFSS and the efforts to get smallholders’ seed security on the agenda

Ola WestengenAssociate Professor, Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

 

 

Panel discussion and questions from participants (20 minutes)

Closing remarks

 

Published 27. September 2021 - 12:57 - Updated 19. October 2021 - 11:59