UN to hold Food Systems Summit next year – Guterres

  • TEHRAN, 12 October 2020 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message for launch of World Food Week, 12 October 2020, announced that the United Nations will convene a Food Systems Summit in New York in September next year.

The full text of his message reads:

The systems that bring food to our tables have a profound impact on our economies, our health and the environment.

Food systems are one of the main reasons we are failing to stay within our planet’s ecological boundaries.

But they can also be the key to tackling the climate crisis, addressing soaring biodiversity loss and healthier societies.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of our food systems.

Millions more people are hungry, and millions of jobs have been lost.

Meanwhile, the climate emergency continues apace.

To address these issues, I am convening a Food Systems Summit next year.

The awarding of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme highlights the Summit’s timeliness.

This will be a ‘People’s Summit’ and a ‘Solutions Summit’.

This action-oriented conversation will come together in two key moments.

The first will be a pre-Summit meeting in Rome in summer next year.

This meeting will build on inclusive country and regional dialogues and will define bold actions for inclusive and sustainable food systems.

The second, will be the Food Systems Summit itself.

To be held at UN Headquarters in New York, in conjunction with the UN General Assembly in September, it will bring the attention of all world leaders to this issue.

We need global engagement and action for inclusive and sustainable food systems.

I urge you to join the conversation.

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