Pre-Vertice sui Sistemi Alimentari: partecipazione di oltre 100 Paesi

UNFSS Pre-Summit: More than 100 countries joined the conversation

This historic three-days in Rome came to an end last Wednesday with an outcome of bold ideas and global actions ahead of the UNFSS Summit in September.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed “We demonstrated that a People’s Summit and a Solutions Summit are in fact one and the same: we are the solution to the challenges in our world. We will use the remaining two months to the Summit to gather momentum, to galvanize accelerated action towards the 2030 Agenda.”

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed

The Pre-Summit saw more than 100 countries come together to discuss how they will transform their national food systems to drive progress against the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030!


500 in-person delegates and over 20,000 virtual delegates, from 190 countries, came together and joined the conversation, including civil society, food producers, Indigenous Peoples, and youth, who exchanged bold changes for more sustainable, equitable, resilient, and nutritious food systems.

UN Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit Dr. Agnes Kalibata “We can have a more equitable society, and I hope this is something our food systems can achieve. We have to talk about ending hunger, we have to reverse climate change, and we have to bring better livelihoods to people.”

UN Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata

Video:The road to Rome and the UN Food Systems Summit
Video: The road to Rome and the UN Food Systems Summit
Explore the Pre-Summit virtually

With the Pre-Summit’s virtual platform you can watch all the key activities on-demand (stay tuned this week as new videos in multiple languages are uploaded):

Main Sessions
Speaker Highlights
Ministerial Statements
Pressroom & Photos
Voices who joined the conversation
Gerda Gerda Verburg, Global Coordinator, SUN Movement

“It was very encouraging to see farmers coming together, people from health, people from the planet sector, and they are all ready to work together.”

Divine Ntiokam, Founder and Managing Director, CSAYN 

“I want to see young people at the centre. I want to see persons with disabilities at the centre. I want to see Indigenous Peoples and equally women at the forefront of the Summit.”

Jeff Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

“There is a lot of work to do because we don’t have sustainability now. Billions of people with poor diets, inadequate food intake, micronutrient deficiencies.”

Jemimah Njuki, Director, Africa, IFPRI 

“It is very important that we give women voices and leadership in food systems because we know they’ve been producing a lot of the food that we eat but their voices have not been heard.”

Small Business Good Food For All Winners
Announcement of 50 Best Small Business Winners providing “Good Food For All”

“Small businesses are the hidden heroes of our food systems, managing at least half of our food economies” said Special Envoy, Dr Agnes Kalibata. Selected from nearly 2,000 applications from 135 countries, the 50 winners, described as quiet revolutionaries, all showcase inspiring, diverse, and impactful solutions in improving access to healthy, sustainable food.

Summit Dialogue
Don’t miss the last episode of Laying Down Tracks

What better way to celebrate the end of the Pre-Summit than to listen to the last episode of the Laying Down Tracks podcast with guest, Special Envoy Dr. Agnes Kalibata? This episode touches on the importance of all actors coming together for true food system transformation and on Dr. Kalibata’s journey on how she came to be so passionate about helping drive this change.

In the news
Farmer in the field
UN summit seeks to shape a food system fit for the future: Thomson Reuters highlights how the Summit aims to curb environmental damage, hunger, food waste, and climate-heating emissions from agriculture. Read more >
More inclusive food systems and innovative SMEs take center stage: Forbes writes on a key takeaway from the Pre-Summit; advancing a policy framework and innovative solutions to improve access to healthy and sustainable food will require multi-sectoral engagement. Read more >
Woman baker
Science key to food system overhaulSciDev.Net explains how at the Pre-Summit, science and innovation as the centre of global food system transformation to drive sustainable agricultural productivity and ensure food security and better nutrition for all was highlighted. Read more >
Pre-Summit wraps up in Rome: The three-day Pre-Summit casted a light on the world’s greatest food-related challenges, setting the table for September’s ambitious Food Systems Summit. Read the full coverage by Xinhuanet here >.