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SCIENCE DAYS of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021

Scientists, technology and innovation experts in virtual events 5 – 9 July 2021

Science, technology and innovation play a pivotal role in transforming our agri-food systems in ways that are sustainable and that ensure affordable diets for all.

The Science Days on 8 and 9 July 2021, organized as virtual events by the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and facilitated and hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), offer an important opportunity to support the agenda-setting process with scientific evidence and perspectives. The results will feed into the Pre-Summit at the end of July and the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021.

The Scientific Group will gather around 2000 participants from research, policy, industry and civil society from all over the globe to discuss how to accelerate the transition to sustainable agri-food systems in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The aim of these dialogues is to strengthen the science–policy interface where scientific evidence is used to inform policy. Policy in turn can better use science to support the transition to sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems.

On Thursday 8 July, 13:00 (CEST), the first session of the Science Days plenary will include the participation of QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, Joachim Von Braun, Chair of the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit, Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General and and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group and Agnes Kalibata, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.

The Science Days will also include the participation of several winners of the World and African Food prizes as well as a Nobel laureate. 

Maximo Torero, FAO Chief Economist, will moderate the first plenary on Day 2. Ismahane Elouafi, FAO Chief Scientist, will speak at the closing panel of the Science Days. A full programme can be found here.

During the event, discussions will focus on assessing what science-based options will achieve more healthy diets and lead to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems. Participants will also explore the frontiers of science to catalyse food systems transformation to achieve SDG2, as well as critically assess risks, opportunities, and controversies in science and innovation for food systems, with attention to equity and to resilience.

Events such as the Science Days help raise awareness on the importance and the critical role that science, technology and innovation plays in development policy and programmes to meet the Agenda 2030.

The full programme for the two Science Days is available here.

To follow the event, please register here. The event will also be webcast live here

The Science Days will be preceded by over 40 independently organized side-events from 5 to 7 July with partners showcasing their insights on science, technology and innovation that can drive food systems transformation.

To follow the side-events, please register here. Each side event requires a separate registration.