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Emerging from global crises by shaping sustainable, resilient, healthy, and inclusive food systems


Ha Noi, Viet Nam
24-27 April 2023

Session 1: Opening and setting the scene


24 April
10:00-11:30 (GMT+7)

This session will set the scene for the conference. Speakers will welcome the participants, highlight the need for truly transformative approaches to address the interlinked crises through achieving sustainable and resilient food systems by 2030, and outline the expected outcomes of the conference in support of the 2023 Stock-Taking Moment, while presenting their own efforts in support of food systems transformation.

Session 2: Rethinking the global governance architecture for food systems


24 April
14:00-15:30 (GMT+7)

This session will aim to showcase the transformational power of coherent and holistic policies – from the global to the local level. The session will discuss the need to mainstream food systems in the Rio Conventions and other relevant multilateral agreements, as well as further issues like the implications of the current trade regime, and the Stockholm+50 call to rethink the global economic model.

Session 3: Revisiting national and sub-national governance and policies


24 April
16:00-17:30 (GMT+7)

This session will focus on the principles, methods and best practices to ensure fruitful, inclusive, effective multi-actor collaboration including in governance arrangements, as a key transformational force towards sustainable food systems. Speakers will exchange experiences and best practices on key challenges in this regard, including how to overcome the issues of financing inclusive participation and designing mechanisms aimed at correcting decision-making imbalances, in light of respective National Pathways for Food Systems Transformation.

Session 4: Changing consumption and production patterns


25 April
09:00-10:30 (GMT+7)

Addressing Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP, SDG12) is fundamental for the integration of historically “siloed” agendas. Integrated policies are needed to tackle the interrelated crises of hunger and malnutrition, climate, biodiversity, pollution, conflict, energy, consumer prices, and inequality. The new UN Global SCP Strategy identifies a series of transformation enablers, several of which are particularly relevant to food systems. Public procurement, the food environment and providing better consumer information all have key levers to trigger a shift to sustainable consumption and production in our food systems. This session will present initiatives that have successfully addressed levers in different transformation enablers in their attempt to implement sustainable solutions to different food systems challenges. The session will discuss and issue recommendations on what is needed to unleash systemic shift to SCP, including how to inspire policy changes in line with the SDGs and Food Systems National Pathways.


Session 5: Promoting the transformation through science, finance, human rights & innovation


25 April
11:00-12:30 (GMT+7)

This session will explore the key enablers for sustainable food systems from the perspective of science, finance and investments, human rights and innovation in all its forms, acknowledging that evidence alone is necessary but not sufficient to make transformation processes happen. Therefore, this session will assess the political economy that shapes decision-making in the face of trade-offs and relations and showcase concrete country/local examples that have dealt with such obstacles to unleash their local key enablers. [agenda / sequence]

Session 6: Mobilizing the UN Food Systems Summit’s “ecosystem of support”


26 April
14:00-15:30 (GMT+7)

This session will discuss how the UNFSS coalitions are promoting/applying a food systems approach and will identify synergies across coalitions and other multi-actor initiatives that might strengthen a systems approach, with a view to accelerate food systems transformation. Furthermore, this roundtable session will build bridges across coalitions to foster greater collaboration in holistically advancing progress on the SDGs.

Session 7: Measuring transformation


26 April
16:00-17:30 (GMT+7)

This session will discuss what accountability and monitoring frameworks, institutions and processes for usage of data and evidence are required for the urgent transition to sustainable food systems. The session will include showcasing leading efforts at measuring the transformation towards sustainable food systems through multi-dimensional indices, discussing the challenges to their usage by decision-makers, and discuss which improvements and approaches could make evidence and data truly become supporting instruments to the UNFSS follow-up process. [agenda / sequence]

Session 8: Dialogue of National Convenors


27 April
09:00-10:30 (GMT+7)

Building on all the previous sessions, this session will bring together National Food Systems Convenors from all world regions to dialogue, focusing on their respective decisions for implementation of FS national Pathway implementation, including differences in institutional architecture set-ups as well as integration with other policy sectors, and their approaches, commitments and strategies to resource transformation endeavours. Convenors will also present respective key take-aways from this conference and discuss their next steps in support of their own National Pathways, as well as the upcoming 2023 Stock-Taking Moment. [agenda / sequence]

Session 9: Conclusions and closing ceremony


27 April
11:00-12:30 (GMT+7)

This session will be the formal closing of the conference. Speakers will summarize the key conclusions of the conference that will be forwarded to the Food Systems Coordination Hub and the organizers of the 2023 Stock-Taking Moment.


The conference will include a series of "Learning Journeys", outings to different realities of the local food system. The objectives are to:

  • Provide first-hand relevant experience of environments that may be unusual, and which reflect the different realities and challenges of complex food systems in Viet Nam for conference participants.
  • Reflect on different sub-systems within the food system - as well as on the different thematic areas that will be covered by the conference - in the form of the intersections within the system and as single dive-ins.
  • Stimulate a sense of greater inquiry, which can and should help shape leadership behavior and collaborative action amongst participants.

List of Learning Journeys

1. Agroecological transition - Agriculture in connection with Agro-ecotourism and Nutrious foods

Facilitated by Vietnamese Agriculture Academy of Sciences (1)


2. Thai Nguyen Province where participants can learn experiences from One Health food safety interventions in traditional market and the model of a provincial One Health research field site in Phu Binh District in Thai Nguyen Province

Facilitated by One Health initiative.


3. Supplying safe foods: The Huong Viet Sinh Urban food catering chain

Facilitated by Vietnamese Agriculture Academy of Sciences (2)

4. Sustainable Agriculture Production: Chuc Son Safe Vegetables and Fruits Cooperative, Giap Ngo village, Chuc Son Town, Chuong My district, Hanoi

Facilitated by Rikolto


5. More information coming soon


Time (GMT+7)

Monday 24

Tuesday 25

Wednesday 26

Thursday 27

Friday 28



Session 4

Changing Consumption and Production



Session 8

Dialogue of National Convenors

SFS Programme Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting



Session 1







Session 5

Transformation Levers

Session 9


SFS Programme Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting











Session 2

Global architecture food systems

On-site side events

Session 6

Ecosystem of support

SFS Programme Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting










Session 3

Governance and policies

On-site side events

Session 7



SFS Programme Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting










Virtual side events

Virtual side events

Virtual side events





Sustainable gala dinner


Vietnamese culture dinner event