Italy hosts UN Food Summit July 19-21

Diplomatic Correspondent

18 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The United Nations and the Government of Italy announced on Wednesday that the Pre-Summit gathering for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit will be held in Rome, Italy from July 19- 21.

Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi, the Pre-Summit event will bring together the efforts and contributions of a global engagement process to shape ambition to transform food systems.

The three-day event will bring together youth, smallholder farmers, indigenous peoples, researchers, private sector, policy leaders and ministers of agriculture, environment, health, and finance among others to deliver the latest evidence-based and scientific approach from around the world, launch a set of new commitments through coalitions of action, and mobilize new financing and partnerships.

 The Food Systems Summit will take place in September alongside the UN General Assembly in New York, according to a message received from Rome on Wednesday.

“The Pre-Summit in Italy will be a key moment for mobilizing the bold commitments we need to build sustainable food systems that work for people, planet, and prosperity. Through accelerated action, we can help the world recover better from COVID-19, combat rising hunger and address the climate crisis,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.