In September 2021, the UN Secretary-General will convene a UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Harnessing science, technology and innovation is key to meeting the aspiration of sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems. Thus, in support of a science- and evidence-based Summit, the UN established a Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit to ensure the robustness, breadth and independence of the science that underpins the Summit and its outcomes.
In preparation of the UNFSS and drawing on the Action Tracks and various dialogues, the Scientific Group is organizing the “Science Days for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021”, facilitated and hosted by FAO on 08-09 July 2021. SC FSS2021 (sc-fss2021.org)
The main event will take place from 8-9 July, with side events from 5-7 July, all open to online participation.
GYA member Lahcen El Youssfi (Moulay Slimane University, Morocco) will speak on 9 July in the session “Empowering and Engaging key players in food system innovation“. The session will focus on how to effectively and appropriately engage, include, incentivize, and empower youth in science and innovation for food systems transformations.
In a side event organised by the InterAcademy Partnership, on “Regional Perspectives on the Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for transforming Food Systems”, GYA member Chibuike Udenigwe (University of Ottawa, Canada) will be a speaker. Register for this online event (7 July) here: Regional perspectives on the role of science, technology and innovation for transforming food systems (interacademies.org)