Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021

This Website informs about the work and outputs of the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and post-Summit science related information.

In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened a Food Systems Summit to raise global awareness and land global commitments and actions that transform food systems to resolve not only hunger, but to reduce diet-related disease and heal the planet. The Secretary-General called for collective action of all citizens to radically change the way we produce, process, and consume food. He had put in place several structures to support the Summit process, including a Scientific Group.


The Scientific Group …

  • served as an independent and diverse group of leading researchers and scientists from around the world.
  • was responsible for ensuring the robustness, breadth and independence of the science that underpinned the Summit and its outcomes.
  • informed the Summit’s content, recommended outcomes, clarified the level of ambition and commitments that emerged from the Summit.
  • worked closely with other structures for the Food Systems Summit (see Terms of Reference of the Scientific Group and communications with UN leadership see at
  • The Scientific Group served as planned until the end of 2021, and closed down thereafter. Reports of all Scientific Group meetings see at
  • As the UN Secretary General decided on a follow up process to the Summit, we at Center for Development Research (ZEF) at Bonn University, maintain this website and occasionally include new science related food systems information that relate to the Summit follow up.