What are you doing during your lunch hour on World Food Day?

By October 13, 2020 October 29th, 2020 All
Join a global discussion with celebrity chefs, indigenous peoples, youth climate activists, small farmer businesswomen, heads of state, and everyone in between, on how in the next 10 years we must transform our food systems.

Nutritious and safe food allows for healthy and productive lives, and the myriad of ways in which we produce, process and consume food—our food systems—touch every aspect of human existence.

When they function well, food systems have the power to bring us together as families, communities and nations. And we owe it to ourselves to drive progress to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we have committed to achieving in 10 years.

This 24-Hour Global Relay Conversation, brought to you by the UN Food Systems Summit and in partnership with Future Food Institute, will be a highly interactive and relevant discussion for World Food Day, while also acting as the official launch of the Food Systems Summit Dialogues. This online marathon conversation will provide an opportunity for governments, communities and citizens to discuss what matters most to them as we build back better to transform food systems across the world.

So, grab some lunch and let us break bread or tortillas or ugali or chapatti together as we talk about what matters most to us, our families and our communities.


Jioji KonrotePresident of Fiji, will open the Global Relay with chef, author and TV presenter Robert Oliver.

Speakers across the 24-hours will include:

Thomas Remengesau Jr. President of the Republic of Palau

Amina MohammedUN Deputy Secretary-General

Mariam AlmheiriMinister of State for Food and Water Security, United Arab Emirates

Teresa Bellanova, Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada

Amelia Afuhaamango Tu’ipulotuHealth Minister of Tonga

Alexandra ValkenburgAmbassador of the Delegation of the European Union to the Holy See, Order of Malta, UN Organisations in Rome, the Republic of San Marino

Thanawat Tiensin, Chairperson, Committee on World Food Security

Theo de Jager, President of the World Farmers’ Organisation

Massimo Bottura, chef and food systems activist, UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador

Sabrina Dhowre Elbamodel, activist and UN IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

José Andréschef, restaurateur, and founder of World Central Kitchen

Kimberly Williams-PaisleyActress and Best-Selling Author



Register here on Eventbrite to receive updates.

Watch and join us in the 24-hour livestream on your platform of choice:

1. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/futurefoodinstitute

2. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/UNFoodSystemsSummit

🗣 ask your questions in Facebook or YouTube’s chat function

3. Twitter https://twitter.com/foodsystems

🗣 join the conversation on Twitter using #VoicesOfFoodSystems



Starting Friday 16 October at 12:00pm in Fiji (00:00am UTC) and moving around the world every hour for the entire day.

* Note: Some block 1 and 2 sessions take place on the evening of Thursday 15 October in time zones EDT and PDT.

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The UN Food Systems Summit will launch bold new actions, solutions and strategies to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems. The Summit will awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food.

The need is urgent, and our ambition is high. Over the next year, the Summit’s activities will call on a diverse range of participants from across the world… and mostly importantly YOU— to identify the most powerful ways to make our local and global food systems stronger.

We want to hear from you. We need your voice to be a part of the discussion!

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