The UN Food Systems Summit is launching The Independent Dialogues to give everyone around the world a chance to contribute towards strategies for more sustainable food systems.
22 February 2021

Have you ever wanted to share your views with Heads of State at the UN? Now is your chance.

In September 2021, the UN will host the first Food Systems Summit to transform the way the world produces and consumes food. The success of the Summit hinges on the actions of people all over the world. We need your stories, your ideas, and your solutions to make the Summit a success. We need your help to build a better future for food systems—a future that is strong, safe, and fair for all.

The UN Food Systems Summit is launching The Independent Dialogues Step-by-Step Guide and Promotion Toolkit to give everyone around the world a chance to contribute towards strategies for more sustainable food systems that ensure progress toward all 17 SDGs.

Now is your chance to make your voice heard by hosting an Independent Dialogue that will directly inform the Summit. Locally based, locally led, and fully adaptable to different contexts, Independent Dialogues enable communities to identify sustainable solutions to strengthen local and global food systems. The easy-to-use Guide and Toolkit allow people everywhere to have a seat at the table of this groundbreaking Summit.

Dialogues may take many forms, depending on what is most appropriate for you and your community—from a webinar to a town hall meeting to an informal gathering of community members. A diverse range of stakeholders—including youth activists and Indigenous leaders, smallholder farmers, fishers, scientists, CEOs and more—can ensure that every Dialogue identifies the most powerful ways to improve our food systems.

By joining the Summit, you can help us change the world. With your help, we can make 2021 a turning point in how people everywhere produce and consume food. We can put the world on track to a better future for food systems.

By convening or joining an Independent Dialogue, you can have a seat at the table and contribute directly to the Summit’s ambitious vision and objectives. But that’s not all: Dialogues also give you the chance to learn from others in your community, form new partnerships, and explore important challenges facing your local food system.

How to host your own Independent Dialogue

Dialogue participants might include people who work to feed a population (including farmers, supermarket managers, and food marketers); people who work in sectors that shape food systems (such as transport, logistics and financial services); and people whose work affects other facets of food systems (including natural resources, the environment, culture, indigenous knowledge, trade, and more).

The Summit’s only request is that three key features guide the Dialogues:

  • Respect the Summit’s Principles of engagement
  • Feature structured conversations among groups with different perspectives; and
  • Report back to the Summit process through an official feedback form. 

Click here to learn more and host your own Independent Dialogue

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