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We all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. It is a summit for everyone everywhere – a people’s summit. This pre-Summit will culminate in the UN Food Systems Summit taking place in New York in September 2021 in conjunction with the UN General Assembly.
In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems.
The term “food system” refers to the constellation of activities involved in producing, processing, transporting and consuming food.
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. When our food systems fail, the resulting disorder threatens our education, health and economy, as well as human rights, peace and security. As in so many cases, those who are already poor or marginalized are the most vulnerable.
Rebuilding our food systems is a key accelerator of the SDGs and will enable us to answer the UN Secretary-General’s call to “build back better” from COVID-19.