CGIAR @ UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS)

Contributing game-changing science and innovation to transform food, land and water systems in a climate crisis

  • Date
    01.02.21 > 30.09.21
  • Time
    12:00 am
  • Location
    Virtual

About the United Nations Food Systems Summit

In 2021, the United Nations will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies in part on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems.

As the world’s largest public agricultural research network, CGIAR is making invaluable contributions to the Summit, helping to shape the agenda and providing scientific evidence and innovations that are transforming food, land and water systems.

Highlighted Events

UNFSS Pre-Summit

The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit, taking place in Rome from July 26-28, will set the stage for the culminating global event in September by bringing together diverse actors from around the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs. CGIAR will host and participate in a number of key sessions to highlight the System’s contributions to achieving sustainable and equitable food systems for all.

Register for the Pre-Summit here.

DATE AND TIME TITLE SESSION TYPE CGIAR PARTICIPATION
July 26, 11:30-13:30 CET The triple challenge of meeting food, climate and biodiversity goals Red Room; Main Program Shakuntala Thilsted, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, as a panelist
July 26, 12:00-13:30 CET Science and Innovation for Food Systems Serving People and Planet Parallel; Main Program Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR, as a panelist
July 26, 13:30-14:20 CET Aquatic foods for healthy people and planet. Affiliated Shakuntala Thilsted, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, to deliver Closing Remarks
July 26, 13:30-14:20 CET Mobile Pastoralism Valuing Rangeland Variability: A Game-Changing Idea for Sustainable Consumption & Production from the Livestock Sector Affiliated Fiona Flintan, Senior Researcher, CGIAR-ILRI, as a panelist
July 26, 18:30–19:20 CET Advancing research and development priorities for food systems to deliver on the 2030 agenda Parallel; Main Program CGIAR-led event

Mr. Juan Lucas Restrepo, Global Director of Partnership and Advocacy, CGIAR as moderator 

Prof. Johan Swinnen, Global Science Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR, as a panelist

July 26, 19:30-20:20 CET A Marketplace for Food Systems Solutions: Premiering the Food Systems Game Changers Lab Solutions Cohorts Affiliated Kundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, CGIAR, as a panelist
July 27, 8:00-8:50 CET Unleashing science’s potential to transform food systems Affiliated CGIAR-led event featuring Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR

Shakuntala Thilsted, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, as a panelist

Moderated by Kanayo Nwanze, CGIAR Special Representative to UNFSS

July 27, 11:30-13:30 CET Ensuring No One is Left Behind: Equitable Livelihoods in Food Systems Parallel; Main Program Kundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, CGIAR, as a panelist
July 27, 13:30-14:20 CET Putting nutrition at the centre of food systems transformation Affiliated Shakuntala Thilsted, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, as a panelist
July 27, 19:30-20:20 CET The role of evaluation in shaping the food systems of the future: the evidence case for gender-responsive and equitable food systems Parallel Allison Grove Smith, Director of CGIAR Advisory Services Shared Secretariat (CAS Secretariat), as a panalist
July 28, 10:00-10:50 CET Steering the food system summit towards full integration of blue foods for health, wealth and ecological recovery Affiliated; Main Program Shakuntala Thilsted, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, as a panelist
July 28, 1330- 1420 CET Accelerating Progress towards Good Food for All: Exploring a New Consensus for Smallholder Farmers Affiliated Johan Swinnen, Global Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR as a panelist
July 28, 1730- 1915 CET Synthesis Plenary Plenary Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR as a panelist

Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa, CGIAR-IFPRI as a panelist

Videos from the UNFSS Pre-Summit

Unleashing science’s potential to transform food systems: a CGIAR-World Farmers’ Organization hosted Affiliated Session

CGIAR Food Systems Summit Dialogues

CGIAR Research Centers and Programs are hosting and participating in a number of Food Systems Summit Dialogues leading up to the Summit itself. These global dialogues aim to connect a diverse range of stakeholders to identify the most powerful ways to make food systems stronger and more equitable. Dialogues fall into three categories: Member State Summit Dialogues, which are expected to result in shaping national pathways to sustainable food systems; Independent Summit Dialogues, which are convened by individuals or organizations and give the public ways to engage and contribute; and Global Summit Dialogues, which take place alongside key global events.

 

 DATE TITLE DIALOGUE TYPE  CGIAR CENTER/CRP
Feb 9 Making Food Systems Equitable: An African Dialogue on Gender and Food Systems Independent IFPRI
Feb 23 Member State Dialogue – Nigeria Member State HarvestPlus
Mar 24 Member State Dialogue – Honduras Member State Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
Mar Bill & Melinda Gates Commercializing Technologies Independent IITA, IFPRI, ILRI
Apr 8 Migratión y Nutrición Liderazgo Fermenino para la Innovatión en Seguridad Alimentaria Nutricional: Colombia y Venezuela Independent Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
Apr 13 Managing the Water and Energy We Eat: Advancing Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Approaches to Achieve Food Systems Transformation in Southern Africa Independent IWMI
Apr 15 Advancing Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Approaches to Achieve Food Systems Transformation in Central Asia Independent IWMI, IFPRI
Apr 19 The Role of Water Security for Food Systems Transformation Independent IFPRI, IWMI, ICARDA
Apr 21 The Role of Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Achieving Food Security in a Challenging Climate for Pakistan Independent IWMI
Apr 27 Water: The Game Changer for Food Systems Global IWMI, WLE
Apr 27 Act Now for Transformation in Agricultural Innovation Independent CCAFS
Apr 29 Feeding Africa: Leadership to Scale Up Successful Innovations CGIAR System Organization
Apr 30 Transforming Food Systems with Aquatic Foods: Access to Sustainable, Safe and Nutritious Food for All Independent WorldFish
June 3 Food Loss in Food Systems – Collaborative and Priorities Independent IFPRI, ILRI
July 15 The role of evaluation in moving towards zero hunger and sustainable food systems: challenges and solutions Independent CGIAR Advisory Services
TBC Gender in Asia Independent IFPRI
TBC Member State Dialogue – Benin (Nutrition) Member State Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, A4NH
TBC Member State Dialogue – Ethiopia Member State Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
TBC Member State Dialogue – Vietnam Member State Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
TBC North America, South America and Bayer Independent Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, CCAFS
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