World leaders and stakeholders from across the globe will convene in New York, United States, on Thursday, September 23rd for the United Nations Food Systems Summit which is set to trigger a transformation of the global food sectors, amid commitment from governments and businesses.
The UN Food Systems Summit seeks to beam a searchlight on the entire spectrum of food systems and address the challenges critical to the food value chain to drive the recovery from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It is set to launch joint initiatives and coalitions, which include pledges to ensure healthy and nutritious meals for all schoolchildren, reduce food waste and unlock agricultural innovation to deliver on climate goals.
No fewer than 90 countries are expected to announce their commitments to transform food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at the historic UN Food Systems Summit on Thursday.
The Summit, since it was conceptualised, has followed an 18-month process in which 148 countries have hosted national dialogues with key players at every stage of the food system to develop national strategies for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable food systems.
Speaking on the Summit, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, who called for the Food Systems Summit in October 2019, urged world leaders to bring to New York “ambitious commitments to feed hope for a better future”.
He said, “A well-functioning food system can help prevent conflict, protect the environment and provide health and livelihoods for all.
“It is our moral imperative to keep our promise to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” Guterres charged.
After 600 Member State Dialogues involving more than 45,000 people, about 80 countries have already submitted their national pathways ahead of Thursday’s event with the total number expected to continue growing through the end of the week.
Among these countries, Nigeria has shown commitment to Summit, with the government keen on transforming the way the country produces and consumes food.
The process of helping Nigeria attain global food standards began on February 23rd, with the inception of the United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogue.
The Dialogue was based on Five Action Tracks, one which seeks to ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all.
Speaking on these processes, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit, Agnes Kalibata, said that a good number of world leaders have so far shown commitment to the course.
“After 18 long months, the world is on the brink of a Summit that aims to change the trajectory of global progress, uniting everyone in a shared commitment to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals and the fundamental human rights at their core,” she said.
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