Official Dialogue Feedback to the United Nations 2021 Food Systems Summit
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The world will need to feed some 10 billion people by 2050 while achieving the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals – a high bar given that food systems already account for over 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 30% of energy consumption and are vulnerable to climate change. At the same time, the world must ensure universal modern energy access for the 800 million people currently without electricity and the 3 billion without clean cooking solutions, most of whom live in agriculture-based economies.
The United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit and the summit-level UN High-level Dialogue on Energy will be held in September 2021 in New York, two months before COP26 in Glasgow. These three milestones will be vehicles for new solutions and commitments that capture synergies across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and decouple food and energy systems from greenhouse gas emissions.
Based on this nexus, a joint Ministerial Meeting in support of the UN Food Systems Summit and summit-level High-Level Dialogue on Energy preparatory processes will take place in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Arab Emirates as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the IRENA Assembly. The Ministerial Meeting, as the first joint session of the two UN Summit processes, is intended to identify potential outcomes – such as initiatives, targets, policies, and other concrete deliverables – with simultaneous food, energy, and climate benefits that can be considered for both Summits, as well as COP26.
The ministerial leverages the IRENA Assembly’s and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week’s stakeholder and public reach. Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week typically attracts 45,000 delegates from over 170 countries and is the world’s largest annual sustainability event. The IRENA Assembly is the largest annual meeting of energy ministers.
The Ministerial Meeting will be held virtually, with 35 ministerial and executive participants (including 5 youth delegates) “seated” at the virtual table, in addition to audience members who will be listening in. Following brief opening remarks by the co-hosts, the moderator will invite participants to propose a specific potential outcome for the Summits under their preferred agenda item. The format will not use written statements, as it is meant to be conversational and fast-paced.
Further information on the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy is available at https://www.un.org/en/conferences/energy2021.
Further information on the UN Food Systems Summit is available at https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit.
A list of the proposed outcomes from the Ministerial Meeting will be compiled and circulated to participants, as well as all IRENA missions and UN missions in New York and Rome. The organizers of the Food Systems Summit and High-level Dialogue on Energy – as well as of COP26 – will also share the outcomes as inputs into the preparatory processes of the Summits during the course of 2021. The meeting will also see the announcement of a small working group between the two Summits to facilitate joint outcomes in September.
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