Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN Food Systems Summit took place on Thursday, 23 September 2021. It was a completely virtual event during the UN General Assembly High-level Week.
The UN Food Systems Summit served as a historic opportunity to empower all people to leverage the power of food systems to drive our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and get us back on track to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Over the past 18 months, the Summit brought together all UN Member States and constituencies around the world – including thousands of youth, food producers, Indigenous Peoples, civil society, researchers, private sector, and the UN system – to bring about tangible, positive changes to the world’s food systems. As a people’s summit and a solutions summit, it has recognized that everyone, everywhere must take action and work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food.
The Summit culminated with an inclusive global process, offering a catalytic moment for public mobilization and actionable commitments by heads of state and government and other constituency leaders to take this agenda forward.
Through this people’s summit, the UN reaffirmed its commitment to promote human rights for all and ensure everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to participate. The event was open to all through its virtual programme and platform.