Food Systems Summit Dialogues Gateway

The food we eat brings us together as families, communities and nations. It underpins our cultures, our economies, and our relationship with the natural world. The world’s food systems touch every aspect of human existence – making them not just essential but also valuable and important instruments of change.

In 2019, the UN Secretary-General called for a Food Systems Summit and engagement process to unleash the power of food to deliver progress on all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In preparing for the Summit a diverse range of stakeholders – from youth activists to indigenous leaders, smallholder farmers to scientists and CEOs – are invited to identify the most powerful ways to make food systems stronger and more equitable; ultimately driving progress in all of the SDGs.

Preparations for the Summit are underway. In the months before the Summit, the people of every country are invited to engage. Each of us plays a role in our food systems, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that they function well. By coming together to tackle this vital issue, we can all contribute to a world in which no one is hungry, no one is poor, and no one is left behind.  As every one of us continues to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, the Summit is an opportunity to focus on the fragilities in food systems that are being exposed by the crisis – and to regenerate these systems in ways that respond better to people’s needs.

The Summit is an exceptional opportunity. All with an interest are invited to contribute to shaping the pathways that will lead to sustainable food systems everywhere and to indicate how they will contribute to making this vision a reality for all.

We believe in a world where healthy, sustainable and inclusive food systems, allow people and planet to thrive. It is a world without poverty or hunger, a world of inclusive growth, environmental sustainability, and social justice. It is a resilient world where no one is left behind.

Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

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