There had been some critical statements about engagement of science in the UN Food Systems Summit and related campaign activities. An open letter to the UN Secretary General was send from the Chairs or Committee on Food Security (CFS), its High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE), and Human Right to Food UN Special Representatives:
Responding to these positions, the Co-Presidents of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) – the association of about 140 academies of sciences – placed a letter to the UN Secretary General on November 12th on the IAP website. It highlights the key role of science excellence for policy advice.
The IAP Presidents state “…we agree with the UN FSS Scientific Group that, following the Summit, there should be further exploration of the options for developing a strong, independent scientific body to provide policy advice.” And “… support placing the issue on the agenda for inclusive debate…”.