UN releases pre-summit reports on food systems

The UN recently released two reports about ensuring food systems, tackling hunger, poverty, climate change and equality. Based on 450 independent dialogues conducted worldwide, the reports were released ahead of this month's UN Food Systems Summit in New York, the USA, on the 23rd of September. An analysis of the information identified 22 guiding themes to inform food systems transformation and provide a critical resource for governments to develop national food systems strategies.
It also highlighted other issues, including the need to ensure food systems that are both equitable and sustainable.
"The summit set out to be a People's Summit," said Agnes Kalibata, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit. "We have achieved this by starting a global conversation about the kind of food systems the world needs heading into the Decade of Action."
In addition to a comprehensive summary of the independent dialogues, the upcoming summit also received special reports focusing on four crucial communities to food systems transformation: Indigenous Peoples, women, small-scale food producers and youth.
Any individual, organisation or public body can convene independent dialogues. They can involve an unlimited number of participants. The UN said these discussions promote openness and transparency.
More than 900 independent dialogues are currently on the Summit's Dialogues Gateway, including around 20 yet to be convened. (Image from Unsplash)

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