Selected significant science-related Food Systems Summit Dialogues

All Food Systems Summit Dialogues:

Upcoming Events

18 MAY 2021 from 08:00 to 10:00 GMT+2 (online)
Breaking Silos: Transforming Agricultural Education and Research toward Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia
In support of the Summit, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is convening an Independent Dialogue on 18 May 2021 to discuss the transformations needed in education and research for higher education institutions in the region to achieve the desired goals.

20 MAY 2021 from 12:00 to 14:00 GMT+2 (online)
Traditional and Indigenous Foods for Food Systems Transformation in Africa
This dialogue recognizes the important role that traditional and indigenous food and food systems can play in fostering positive food system transformation for Africa. Discussions will be based around current contextual issues, innovative and game-changing solutions to transform food systems in Africa. The dialogue will elicit information that can inform the UNFSS process on the important role traditional and indigenous foods have played and can play in African food systems transformation.

26 MAY 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
The Role of Biobased Agricultural Solutions in Food Systems Transformation
Bioprotection Global (BPG) considers that the bioprotection industry (and biobased inputs* industry in general) does not have the visibility that it deserves in consideration to the potential added value that it can (and in some sectors and geographies is already delivering) to the agri-food systems including the primary production sector, the consumers, society and nature at large.

27 MAY 2021 from 04:00 to 28 MAY 10:00 GMT+2 (online)
Youth For Future of Indonesia Food System
Improving a food system that is just, resilient and sovereign in the future requires breakthroughs, innovation, and smart work. This is very possible for young people who work as young farmers or in other sectors that intersect with food. Going forward, young people will become the leaders in changing the food system. But unfortunately, their voices are often never heard or made an important part. Through the momentum of this food system summit, the voices of young people, both young farmers, and others need to be heard and made important.

8 JUNE 2021 02:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (online)
Organic Agriculture for Sustainable and Resilient Community Food Systems e-Dialogue
This e-dialogue/consultation shall discuss knowledge and experiences to mainstream the contributions of organic agriculture towards sustainable resilient community food systems that ultimately shall contribute to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

6 to 12 JULY 2021 (Sydney, Australia)
24th ICID International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage and the 72st International Executive Council meeting
Organizer: Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL), International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), established in 1950 is a leading scientific, technical, and professional not-for-profit international organization working in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management. The main mission is to promote ‘Sustainable agriculture water management’ to achieve ‘A water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development’. The membership of the Commission consists 78 countries organized under the departments responsible for irrigation, drainage or agricultural water management.

3 to 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 (Marseille, France)
IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
Organizer: The International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the French government have agreed to hold the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 from 3 to 11 September 2021 in Marseille. The different Congress components will take place on the following dates: • The Forum will take place from 4 to 7 September • The Exhibition will be held from 4 to 9 September • The IUCN Members’ Assembly will meet from 8 to 10 September • The Nature Generation Areas, or “Espaces Générations Nature”, will be running from 4 to 11 September.

7 SEPTEMBER 2021 from 09:00 to 9 SEPTEMBER 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Space applications for food systems
The 2021 UN/Austria Symposium “Space Applications for Food Systems” will bring together academia, scientists, entrepreneurs and many others to discuss and demonstrate how space data and applications support food systems. The event will include an Independent Dialogue of the Food Systems Summit.

13 to 17 SEPTEMBER 2021 (Daegu, Korea)
IWRA World Water Congress
Organizer: The International Water Resources Association – IWRA
IWRA organises and supports international water congresses and events related to advancing water resources knowledge, policy and management around the world. Since 1973, IWRA has held a World Water Congress every three years in various locations around the world. The objective of the World Water Congress is to provide a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and to present new knowledge, research results and new developments in the field of water sciences around the world.

11 – 24 OCTOBER 2021 (Kunming, China)
UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15)
The UN Biodiversity Conference was originally scheduled to take place from 15-28 October 2020, in Kunming, China, but was postponed on 23 March 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 15 July 2020, the CBD announced the meeting would take place from 17-30 May 2021. However, on 18 March 2021 the CBD Secretariat updated parties that the meetings will take place instead from 11-24 October 2021, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

1 to 12 NOVEMBER 2021 (Glasgow, UK)
Organizer: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC
The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC, originally scheduled from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK, will take place from 1-12 November 2021.

UN Ocean Conference
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the co-hosts of the Conference Portugal and Kenya in consultation with President of the General Assembly have concluded that the UN Ocean Conference cannot take place in 2021. In his briefing given to UN Member States on 21/1/21, the President of the General Assembly referred to the “need to maintain momentum on the implementation of SDG14,” saying that in this regard he was planning “to organise a High-Level event in the Summer of 2021, together with Portugal and Kenya, and with the support of the SG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean”. The President said that this meeting (likely in hybrid format) will be held “with a view to keeping momentum towards the 2nd UN Ocean Conference, which will take place next year in Lisbon as soon as public health conditions allow.”


Past Events

13 MAY 2021 from 04:00 to 06:00 GMT+2 (online)
Food systems dialogues with school-age children and adolescents
Engaging children and adolescents meaningfully in this process acknowledges that young people can be both recipients and active participants of food system transformation. In the buildup to the Summit, UNICEF will lead a country-level food system dialogues with school-age children and adolescents, which represents a huge opportunity to unpack food systems for and with children.

10 MAY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:30 GMT+2 (online)
La bioeconomía y la transformación de los sistemas alimentarios de América Latina y el Caribe (ALC)
En conjunto con el Consorcio Internacional de Investigación en Biotecnología Agrícola (ICABR por sus siglas en inglés), el Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) organiza este diálogo en el marco del proceso de la UN Food System Summit para discutir sobre el potencial de la bioeconomía para la transformación de los sistemas alimentarios de ALC, y construir participativamente la agenda de políticas, estrategias e inversiones requeridas para su aprovechamiento y promoción.

8 MAY 2021 from 18:30 to 20:15 GMT+2 (online)
Accelerating Adoption of Technology, IOT, and Industry 5.0 approaches to climate smart and resilient agriculture development in the Caribbean
This dialogue will examine how players in the food system ecosystem can accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things and Technology that support enhancing the sustainability, resilience and innovation of the food system ecosystem in the Caribbean. Participants shall also examine issues contributing to the digital divide and strategies that can be executed now to begin creating a more sustainable and resilient food system by 2930.

6 MAY 2021 from 19:00 to 21:00 GMT+2 (online)
Youth Leaders for Food Systems Transformations
Are you interested in shaping the change towards a world where everyone has access to healthy and sustainable food? Join Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and McGill University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on May 6th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for a pan-Canadian, youth-led UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue.

4 MAY 2021 from 16:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Integrating blue food into the UN Food Systems Summit agenda
The Blue Food Assessment, a partnership with Stanford University, EAT and Stockholm Resilience Centre, along with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is collaborating with global, national and local partners in a series of thematic dialogues on blue foods. Collectively the dialogues will advance the discussions and contribute to the Summit.

4 MAY 2021 from 15:00 to 17:45 GMT+2 (online)
UN Food Systems Summit Global Youth Dialogue – Good Food For All
Gathering youth voices from around the world, the Global Youth Dialogue invites a curated group of 100 youth for a discussion on the future of our food systems. It aims to gather and discuss ideas around food systems for all as well as trigger a series of conversations thereafter to drive local action. The conversations will serve as a direct input into the Summit through the Summit Dialogue process.

29 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Using systems thinking to change the “Rules of the game” in South Africa’s food system
This dialogue will bring together stakeholders across various sectors to discuss how we use systems thinking to change the ‘rules of the game’. Topics will include but not limited to, agricultural policy, accessibility to affordable and nutritious food, leveraging technology and the use systems thinking.

28 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 23:45 GMT+2 (online)
Powering the Seaweed Revolution as a game changer for our Food System
The seaweed industry is on the cusp of a transformational moment. Twelve thousand years of agriculture has left little space on land to meet the needs of a growing population. In our oceans, the combined pressure of global warming, pollution and overexploitation has left ecosystems in desperate need of repair. Hunger. Malnutrition. Poverty. The climate crisis. Seaweed can help humanity face up to the seemingly intractable challenges of our time, while unlocking an inclusive source of income for communities around the world.

27 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:30 GMT+2 (online)
Water: the game changer for food systems
This Global Dialogue will explore the fundamental inter-connections between food systems and water systems, and their relations to other areas fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, such as energy, climate, and the environment.

27 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Act Now for transformation in agricultural innovation
This Independent Food Systems Summit Dialogue (FSSD) will enrich the canvas of perspectives on how food systems can be transformed for a climate-smart future. It will open up space for dialogue on a new Action Agenda for Change developed by CCAFS, and allow stakeholders the opportunity to pledge their support to a global campaign on agricultural innovation, co-chaired by CCAFS and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

27 APRIL 2021 from 12:00 to 13.45 GMT+2 (online)
Nigeria UN Food Systems Summit Youth Dialogue 2021
Nigeria UN Food Systems Summit Youth Dialogue is aimed at bringing together youth leaders and youth led organisations in the Nigerian agri-food business sector to highlight the critical roles and contributions of young people in building a sustainable and equitable food systems for all.

21 APRIL 2021 from 07:00 to 13:30 GMT+2 (online)
Role of Water-Energy-Food Nexus for achieving food security in a changing climate for Pakistan
Please join us for an Independent Dialogue convened by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and partners to discuss water-energy-food (WEF) nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Pakistan. Insights emerging from this national, multi-stakeholder forum will be presented to the United Nations Food System Summit (UNFSS) in September 2021.

20 APRIL 2021 from 16:00 to 17:00 GMT+2 (online)
Launch Event: The Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food
In February 2021, the Platform to Accelerate the Circular Economy (PACE), Resonance, and a global network of business, government, and civil society leaders launched the Circular Economy Action Agenda. The Action Agenda for Food lays out three overarching objectives: (1) food is produced in ways that regenerate nature, (2) food isn’t lost or wasted, and (3) commonly wasted resources are used productively.

19 APRIL 2021 from 16:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Integrating blue food evidence and policy into global food system transformation
The Blue Food Assessment, a partnership with Stanford University, EAT and Stockholm Resilience Centre, is collaborating with global, national and local partners in a series of thematic dialogues on blue foods. Collectively the dialogues will advance the discussions and contribute to the Summit by: 1. identifying, reviewing and filling important gaps in our understanding of the role of aquatic foods in global food systems now and in the future. 2. informing and propeling change in the policies and practices that will shape decisions which impact the future of food.

19 APRIL 2021 from 13:00 to 15:30 GMT+2 (online)
The Role of Water Security for Food Systems Transformation
This Independent Dialogue convened in partnership between the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) will discuss the Role of Water Security for Food Systems Transformation in Egypt.

16 APRIL 2021 from 01:00 to 03:00 GMT+2 (online)
Food Systems, A Multi-Disciplinary Examination
This dialogue will be largely a university student-driven event with input and guidance from a cross section of university faculty in order to bring a multidisciplinary approach to the examination of food systems. Discussions will focus on both the five designated action tracks plus related cross-cutting themes.

15 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30 GMT+2 (online)
Youth-Led Solutions to Enhancing the Resilience of Africa’s Food Systems
Dialogue Objective: Identifying Youth-led solutions to enhancing resilient youth businesses to support Africa’s food systems.

15 APRIL 2021 from 11:00 to 13:30 GMT+2 (online)
UNFSS Independent Dialogue: Advancing Water- Energy- Food (WEF) Nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Central Asia
Expected key outcome of this dialogue would be getting involved and sharing the views of Central Asian stakeholders on sustainable irrigated foods systems transformation and importance of WEF nexus under climate uncertainties.

13 APRIL 2021 from 13:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Managing the water and energy we eat: advancing water-energy-food (WEF) nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Southern Africa
Join us for an Independent Dialogue convened by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and partners to discuss water-energy-food (WEF) nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Southern Africa, in a regional multi-stakeholder forum, the output of which will be presented to the United Nations Food System Summit (UNFSS). This dialogue will unpack how food systems can be localized and transformed in a water-constrained region such as Southern Africa in a manner that acknowledges WEF nexus linkages and promotes regional trade.

1 APRIL 2021 from 04:00 to 06:30 GMT+2 (online)
A Roadmap for Action for the Prevention of Child Wasting in Cambodia
The child wasting situation in Cambodia, priorities for actions to prevent child wasting, feedback on the draft plan from key Ministries, feedback from other stakeholders (donors, civil society, private sector, youth), points for action

1 APRIL 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT+2 (online)
Enabling Agricultural Trade; An Independent United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogue by WTO
The aim of the WTO Trade Dialogues on Food is to create a conversation around the role of international trade in food security. The Trade Dialogues on Food invite experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia, think tanks and foundations, to debate the most topical issues in food trade.

30 MARCH 2021 from 09:30 to 11:30 GMT+2 (online)
Ensuring Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All in Rwanda: What game changing actions should be implemented for increased availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious foods?
Among others, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) intend to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture production. The dialogue aims to identify challenges and gaps as well as game changing solutions that ensure all people at all times have access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious and safe food for nourishment and health.

30 MARCH 2021 from 07:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (in-person, Seoul)
First National Dialogue for Sustainable Food Systems in the Republic of Korea
In the 1st national dialogue, the flow will be as follows: introduction of the UN FSS; National Food Plan being discussed until now; result of survey on food systems awareness; Discussion on (1) what is Food Systems? (2) what is the most important thing in sustainable food systems? (3) what we should discuss in next dialogues?

29 MARCH 2021 from 18:30 to 20:00 GMT+2 (online)
Arab Regional Food Systems Dialogue
In preparation for the 2021 Food Systems Summit, the regional UN agencies and AOAD are organizing are organizing an Arab Regional Food Systems Dialogue for a diverse range of stakeholders to consolidate regional views, perspectives and experiences regarding pathways and actions for equitable and sustainable food systems transformation in the Arab region to be held on March 29.

29 MARCH 2021 from 09:00 to 12:15 GMT+2 (online)
Food Systems Dialogue: Towards Equitable Food Systems
The first Swedish global dialogue, Towards Equitable Food Systems, will discuss inequalities in today’s food systems with a special focus on youth and indigenous populations.

26 MARCH 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30 GMT+2 (online)
Access to Safe and Nutritious Food towards Zero Hunger in Africa – A Youth Perspective
The objective of this African Food Systems Dialogue is to: 1. Create an enabling platform for the Youth in Africa to address the issues of agro-chemicals on our foods. 2. Engage on Culinary recipes for traditional African food- promoting traditional African food which is healthy and nutritious.

25 MARCH 2021 from 15:00 to 18:00 GMT+2 (online)
Alliances for Action: Caribbean Food Systems
Bottom up perspectives in the Caribbean for building food systems centred in local access to food and nutrition adequacy, reducing import bill and adapting to climate change

23 MARCH 2021 from 04:00 to 07:30 GMT+2 (in-person)
Farmer-Led, Science-Based Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Strategies for Australia and Abroad
The Crawford Fund together with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) are hosting this Dialogue to explore innovative practices making a difference. Diverse stakeholders will come together to highlight exactly what farmers can do, and are doing, to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. These innovative practices are making a difference and provide strategies that could be implemented across Australia and around the world.

23 MARCH 2021 from 09:00 to 12:00 GMT+2 (online)
Swiss National Food Systems Summit Dialogue “From challenges to actions”
Within the framework of Food Systems Summit Dialogues, Switzerland launches a three-stage national multi-stakeholder dialogue to shape pathways towards sustainable food systems by 2030. This first workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to address the issues – challenges, potential, but also vulnerabilities – of their food systems, and offer a platform to discuss concrete actions to support the transformation of food systems in Switzerland.

10 MARCH 2021 from 09:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (online)
The voice of youth in strengthening food systems for sustainable development
A youth viewpoint for the vision, roadmap and tools for achieving sustainable food systems in Cambodia.

9 MARCH 2021 from 10:00 to 14:49 GMT+2 (online)
Strengthening African Agricultural Research for Development Systems – One Africa Voice
Africa remains severely challenged in its quest to keep the citizenry food secure bi 2030. To meet this laudable objective, the transformation of Africa’s agricultural systems is imperative in the light of the pressing need of the achievement of SDG 2 “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030. Moreover, these goals are to be attained in contexts of counteracting factors, notably climate change, COVID-19, conflicts, and pest outbreaks.

4 MARCH 2021 from 07:30 to 12:30 GMT+2 (online)
Towards Sustainable Food Systems
The Dialogue meeting is opened by Dr Jaana Husu-Kallio, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry together with Ms Elina Kalkku, State Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There will be four introductory speeches: 1) on the FSS, 2) on the systems approach to food analysis, 3) on the European Policy Response to Food Systems and 4) on how Finland can contribute to Global Food Systems development.
The meeting is then divided into five working groups, according to the Action Tracks. The WGs will discuss 1) the strengths and weaknesses of the national food system, 2) how to improve the national food system on the way to 2030 and 3) what do we have to showcase for the global audience.
The WG chairs report on the discussion to the plenary session. A synthesis and the way forward is outlined by the curator.

1 to 5 MARCH 2021 (virtual)
World Ocean Summit Virtual Week 2021
The 2021 agenda will deliver fresh, robust, and action-oriented insights into creating a sustainable ocean economy. The virtual week offers the opportunity to access highly curated content and the chance to make meaningful connections no matter where you are in the world.

25 to 26 FEBRUARY 2021 14:39 GMT+2 (online)
Primer Diálogo Nacional de Guatemala de cara a la Cumbre de Sistemas Alimentarios 2021
Member State Dialogue

23 February 2021 from 10:00 to 15:00 GMT+2 (online)
Nigeria National Food Systems Dialogues
Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and scheduled to hold in September 2021, the Government of Nigeria is set to roll out the National Food Systems Dialogues (NFSD) across the country.

16 FEBRUARY 2021 (Webinar)
Strengthening the African Agricultural Research and Development for an Improved Africa Food System
Within the context of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa and the CAADP-XP4 institutions, the FARA-led coalition is working with the Science Group of the United Nation Food System Summit. This event is a virtual 2-prong dialogues convened in the context of the UN-FSSD. The goal is to bring together all stakeholders of the One Africa Voice on Agricultural Research for Development and use this as the basis for stimulating awareness at the highest possible level within the context of the Food System Summit.
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12 to 13 FEBRUARY 2021 from 16:30 to 01:00 (virtual)
Financing Food Systems & Nutrition Transformation
United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogues offer a purposeful and organized forum for stakeholders to come together to share their roles in food systems, consider their impacts on others and find new ways to come together in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
With engagement from financial institutions, foundations, and investors, and entrepreneurs, this multi-stakeholder dialogue will identify and discuss the top barriers to private capital investments in nutrition, as well as explore and develop new solutions for increasing the capital investments across the food system. Participants will discuss the need for innovative financial products, prioritizing nutrition impact as well as how to achieve adequate financial return.

9 FEBRUARY 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 GMT+2 (virtual)
Making Food systems Equitable: An African Dialogue on Gender and Food Systems
This dialogue is one in a series of regional dialogues to discuss how we can achieve the triple goal of gender equality, sustainable and healthy food systems. It will bring together scientists, farmers and farmer organizations, policy makers, consumers, private sector and others to discuss and share solutions on guaranteeing land rights for women, rural women’s economic empowerment, women’s voice and decision making in food systems, bridging the gender technology gap and more.

25 to 26 JANUARY 2021 (virtual)
Climate Adaptation Summit 2021
CAS convened global leaders and local stakeholders. It saw the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda, setting out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavours and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change.