aParliamentary Briefing "Achieving a sustainable Food Systems Transformation - Reflections for the UN Food Systems Summit"
The parliamentarians, eager to participate in the Summit proceedings, invited the Director-General to reflect on how to make it a success.
“We urgently need to do things differently and act holistically to transform our agri-food systems,” said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, noting that “the table will need to be set” for up to 10 billion people in 2050. He pointed to the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit 2021 as a timely opportunity “to galvanize momentum, foster dialogue and present game-changing solutions.”
"FAO has been providing technical support to Members that are convening national-level dialogues on how to contribute to the Food Systems Summit. More than 111 countries are also conducting domestic multi-stakeholder dialogues on how to transform their agri-food systems at the country level."
"FAO, with funding from the European Union, is also undertaking rapid agri-food systems assessment in 60 countries to help them develop and implement national “road maps” for transformation."
- David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, and Members of the European Parliament
- Marlene Mortler,
- Paolo De Castro,
- Soraya Rodríguez Ramos,
- Isabel Carvalhais,
- Francisco Guerreiro and
- Petros Kokkalis.
- Rodrigo de Lapuerta, Director a.i. FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium,
- Martin Frick, Deputy to the Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit.
- Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General for Health and Food Safety / European Commission
- Carla Montesi, Director at the Directorate General for International Partnerships / European Commission
- Joachim von Braun – president of the Food Systems Summit’s Scientific Group and acclaimed food security expert – gave the keynote speech.