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 Konrote, President 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 Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Mariam Almheiri, Minister 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’ipulotu, Health Minister of Tonga
Alexandra Valkenburg, Ambassador 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 Elba, model, activist and UN IFAD Goodwill Ambassador
José Andrés, chef, restaurateur, and founder of World Central Kitchen
Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Actress 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!