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UN Food Systems Summit 2021

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a UN Food Systems Summit (FSS) to raise global awareness and shape global commitments that can transform food systems to resolve hunger, reduce diet-related diseases and restore the planetary health. The Secretary General is calling for collective action of every citizen to radically change the way we produce, process, transport, market and consume food. 

The Summit will build on a number of global events and platforms as well as their agreements and collaborative actions. Preparations for the Summit will explore synergies between multiple regional and national initiatives that support the transformation of food systems. The FSS will draw knowledge from these sources to inform the Summit’s recommendations.

The FSS will follow these Action Tracks:

  1. Ensuring access to safe and nutritious food
  2. Shifting to sustainable consumption patterns
  3. Boosting nature-positive production
  4. Advancing equitable livelihoods and
  5. Building resilience 

The FSS is expected to take place in September or October of 2021. As the UN Anchor Agency for Action Track 3, UNCCD will prepare for the Summit in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund and with support from other UN organizations and international partners.

Action Track 3 is based on the principle that systemic change toward nature-positive production requires cross-cutting levers of policy reform, coordinated investment, accessible financing and innovation, traditional knowledge, local governance, sound data and gender action. This integrated approach is key to managing the impacts of climate change, reducing emissions, increasing carbon sequestration, regenerating ecosystems, protecting biodiversity, curbing food waste and reducing energy consumption while supporting healthy and nutritious diets.