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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

UNFSS. Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit: Day 1

26 - 28 July 2021. Rome. Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit

The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit set the stage for the culminating global event in September by bringing together diverse actors from around the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event, took a hybrid format, with an in-person component complemented by a vast virtual programme and platform. Through the Pre-Summit, the UN Food Systems Summit reaffirmed its commitment to promote human rights for all and ensure the most marginalised groups have an opportunity to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the Summit process.

26 July 2021. Opening Plenary – A Bold Ambition to Improve Food Systems

Opening – The Foundations of the Food Systems Summit and the Process to Date
  • Food Systems Summit Video (3 mins) 
  • Keynote Remarks – H.E. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations 
Panel Discussion – Getting All the Ingredients on the Table
  • Dialogues – Dr. David Nabarro, Senior Advisor, Food Systems Summit Dialogues 
  • Independent Dialogues – Ms. Elizabeth Nsimadala, President, Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO) and President, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) 
  • Scientific Group – Prof. Joachim von Braun, Chair, Food Systems Summit Scientific Group 
  • Action Tracks – Prof. Saleemul Huq, Chair, Action Track on Building Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks and Stresses and Director, International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) 
  • Constituencies – Ms. Anne Nuorgam, Chair, Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues 
  • Levers of change, Finance - Ms. Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank 
  • H.E. Ms. Beatriz Argimon, Vice President, Uruguay 
  • H.E. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany 
  • Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) 
  • Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD
  • Ms. Ma. Estrella Penunia, Secretary-General, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA
Panel Discussion – What It Will Take to Rise to Our Ambition for 2030
  • H.E. QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO
  • H.E. Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD
  • H.E. David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP
  • Dr. Inger Andersen, Chair, UN Task Force and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP
  • Closing Remarks, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

26 July 2021. Achieving Zero Hunger: Nutritiously and Sustainably

Driven by climate, fragility, conflict and now COVID-19, hunger is increasing sharply. Reversing this trend is a key test for food systems transformations and many member states have signaled their determination to do that. Science tells us what to do to get back on track to meet SDG2 on Zero Hunger and nourish the future: focus on empowering the excluded while improving access of food producers and food processors to finance, inputs, technologies, and markets in ways that are that consistent with the Paris Climate Accord and 2030 Agenda. 

This session reviewed the priorities of Member States, reviewed the current state of food insecurity, showcase some of the potential solutions emerging from the Summit, aims to align and mobilize resources to support national action to end hunger by 2030. 
  • Moderator Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Chair, Action Track 1 and Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN
  • Moderator Ms. Maureen Muketha, Summit Youth Representative, Founder, Tule Vyema, Kenya 
Framing Remarks – Science Perspective 
  • Prof. Joachim von Braun, Chair, Food Systems Summit Scientific Group 
  • Prof. Sheryl L Hendriks, Head of Department and Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, South Africa 
High-level Statements 
  • H.E. William Dar, Secretary of Agriculture, Philippines 
  • H.E. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission 
  • H.E. Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, Brazil 
  • H.E. Samantha Power, Administrator, USAID 
Potential Solutions from Action Tracks 
  • Mr. Andrew Youn, Senior Partner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, One Acre Fund 
  • H.E. Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development, Norway 
  • Mr. Jesús Amadeo Martínez Guzmán, General Coordinator, Foro Indígena Abya Yala (FIAY), El Salvador 
  • Ms. Ndidi Nwuneli, Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd, Nigeria 
  • Mr. Sunny Verghese, CEO, Olam International 
High-level Statements 
  • H.E. Oumer Hussein Oba, Minister of Agriculture, Ethiopia 
  • H.E. Karina Gould, Minister of Development, Canada 
  • H.E. José Ángel López Camposeco, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, Guatemala 
Panel Discussion: How Can the End Hunger, Nourish the Future Coalition Help Mobilize a Sustained Response to the Alarming Hunger Numbers? 
  • Moderator H.E. Mary Robinson, Former President, Ireland 
  • H.E. Olusola O. Idowu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Nigeria, and National Convenor 
  • Ms. Tania Martinez, Professor, Greenwich University, United Kingdom  
  • Mr. Maximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO
  • Ms. Irish Baguilat, Coordinator for UN Decade of Family Farming and Women Farmers' Agenda, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development 
  • Mr. Takaaki Nishii, President and CEO, Ajionomoto, Japanese food and biotechnology corporation
Closing Remarks 
  • Mr. Maximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO
  • Ms. Ute Klamert, Assistant Executive Director for Partnerships and Advocacy, WFP

26 July 2021. The Triple Challenge of Meeting Food Insecurity, Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

Our food systems thrive on nature and the services it provides, but the ways we currently grow, process and consume food are destabilizing our planet. Food systems are the biggest drivers of biodiversity loss and major contributors to climate change but they also have the potential to be part of the solution. By acting with urgency to transform our food systems at scale, we can tackle the triple challenge of reversing biodiversity loss and land degradation, limiting climate change and feeding the world while respecting planetary boundaries. 

This session discussed the ambitious and urgent actions needed to deliver food systems which are equitable, net-zero emissions and nature positive. 
  • Moderator – Mr. David Lane, President, The Annenberg Foundation Trust 
  • Science Perspective: Nourishing People within Planetary Boundaries Prof. Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom 
Action Tracks, What Solutions are Possible? The Last Nine Harvests: Pathways to 2030. 
  • Dr. João Campari, Leader of the Global Food Practice for WWF International and Chair of Action Track 3

Panel Discussion 1 – How Can We Make 2021 the Start of a 'Decade of Action' for Food, Climate and Biodiversity Goals? 

  • Mr. Nigel Topping, High Level Champion for Climate Change at COP26 and Race to Zero 
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity 
  • H.E. Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission 
  • H.E. Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom 
  • Mr. Sun Tan, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences 
  • Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, The Bezos Earth Fund 
  • Ms. Florence Jeantet, Managing Director, One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) 
Panel Discussion 2 – Food production that works for nature, climate and people 
  • Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, WorldFish, World Food Prize Winner 2021 
  • Dr. Rattan Lal, World Food Prize Winner 2020 
  • Ms. Melissa Pinfield, Executive Director, Just Rural Transition Secretariat Meridian Institute 
  • Ms. Ma. Estrella Penunia, Secretary-General, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA
  • H.E. Moussa Balde, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Senegal 
  • H.E. Mahendra Reddy, Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Waterways, Fiji 
  • Mr. Tom Grasso, Senior Advisor, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) 
  • Ms. Vicky Taulli Corpuz, Tebteba Foundation

26 July 2021. Science and Innovation for Food Systems Serving People and Planet

The session presented the science, including social sciences and natural sciences, for food systems transformation that supports the objectives of the UN Food Systems Summit. Advanced and emerging sciences as well as traditional knowledge are considered. We scrutinize propositions, draw attention to conflicting agendas, and seek synergies based on the best peer-reviewed science, successful examples at national and local levels, and quantitative model findings at global levels.

Block 1: Bio-Science, Digital Sciences and Agronomy Innovations

This segment focused on innovations at the frontiers of science for food systems in the areas of bio-, digital and agronomy sciences. Is took stock of the important new and emerging innovations in these fields and discuss how to put them effectively to work to transform food system, how potential risks and unintended consequences can be minimized and what ethical considerations need to be taken into account.

  • Prof. Louise O. Fresco, Vice Chair of the Scientific Group, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
  • Prof. Elizabeth Hodson de Jaramillo, Professor Emeritus School of Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and member of Inter American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)
  • Dr. Lee Recht, Head of Sustainability, Aleph Farms
  • Dr. Manuel Otero, Director-General, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Block 2: Science Serving End Hunger and Safe and Nutritious Food for All

This segment focused on technological, institutional and policy innovations to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and poverty and to ensure availability, affordability, and uptake of nutritious foods. What are the innovations from the frontiers of natural, applied, economic and the social sciences that hold promise for improving productivity, reducing inefficiencies in resource distribution and empowering marginalized and excluded communities and groups?

  • Dr. Kaosar Afsana, Vice Chair of the Scientific Group, Professor Public Health, BRAC University
  • Dr. Claudia Sadoff, Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact of the CGIAR System Organization (CGIAR)
  • Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • Ms. Polina Shulbaeva, Coordinator for IIFB, CBD process
  • Mr. Paul van de Logt, Head, Food and Nutrition Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Block 3: Science and Institutional Innovations for Food Systems Sustainability

The segment focused on the scientific, policy and institutional innovations that can most effectively deliver sustainable food systems that are climate-neutral or climate-positive, regenerative, and protect biodiversity and the environment. What are the institutional, policy and technological innovations for sustainable harvesting of natural resources, sustainable agricultural practices, and sustainable consumption patterns?

  • Prof. Mohamed Hassan, Vice Chair of the Scientific Group, President of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS)
  • Prof. Thomas W. Hertel, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP)
  • Ms. Geraldine Matchett, Co-CEO and CFO, Royal DSM
  • Ms. Su Kahumbu Stephanou, Founder and CEO, iCow
  • Mr. Patrick Caron, International Director, Montpellier’s University

26 July 2021. Agroecology for Food Systems Transformation

  • H.E. Moussa Balde, Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, Senegal
  • H.E. Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture and Food, France
  • Mr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD and WFP, Senegal
  • Ms. Rachel Bezner Kerr, Professor of Global Development, Cornell University, US
  • Mr. Vijay Kumar, Vice-Chair on Producers, UNFSS Champions Network, India
  • H.E. António Francisco de Assis, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Angola
  • H.E. Dr. Miguel J. Garcia-Winder, Ambassador, Mexico
  • H.E. Mahindananda Althugamage, Minister of Agriculture, Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Ma. Estrella Penunia, Secretary-General, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
  • Ms. Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems, UNDP
  • Mr. Emile Frison: Independent Consultant, Agriculture, biodiversity and sustainable food systems. Member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES), co-lead of UNFSS solution cluster Agroecology
    This solution cluster is putting forward agroecological and regenerative agriculture approaches as a key lever to transform food systems, guided by the 13 principles of agroecology set out in the HLPE (2019) report.
  • Dr. Joao Campari, Global Leader of WWF's Food Practice, leading the Network´s efforts to enhance the sustainability of the global food system, Action Track 3 Chair of the UN @FoodSystems Summit
  • Sandrine Dixon-Declève, Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Action Track 5 Chair of the UN @FoodSystems Summit

26 July 2021. Official Ceremony and Global Town Hall: Rising Up to the Future We Want  

As the pinnacle moment in the Pre-Summit and in the entire Food Systems Summit process to date, this session with the UN Secretary-General and Heads of State and Government will lay out how transforming food systems around the world can help deliver on all shared goals for people, planet, and prosperity. It will set a bold tone of leadership as Member States step forward with their visions and top priorities for national and regional pathways for food systems transformation to achieve the SDGs by 2030. As a People’s Summit, it will also feature a global town hall segment that engages countries, national dialogue convenors, and constituencies all around the world to draw out the most critical transitions needed to support these visions on the ground and at the front lines of food systems. 

  • Moderator – Ms. Monica Maggjoni, Journalist 

Sequence 1: High Level Leaders Segment – Framing the Future We Want

  • Welcome Remarks H.E. QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
  • Remarks on The Future We Want H.E. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations 

Head of State Remarks 

  • H.E. Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy 
  • H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda and Chair, African Union Development Agency 
  • H.E. Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, Vatican and Representative of H.H. Pope Francis 

Sequence 2: Accelerating the Critical Transitions Required (90 mins) 

Building on the leadership and commitments of the high-level segment, the session will explore how the global community - including more than 140 national conveners - is doing in navigating many of the critical transitions that will be required to achieve the 2030 Agenda through food systems. The session seeks to boost ambition, share experiences and lessons, and inspire others to do more in developing pathways and coalitions towards the Summit in September. 

  • UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed

26 July 2021. Jeffrey Sachs' speech at the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit 


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