Global Panel briefing to UNFSS Action Tracks: Future Food Systems: For people, our planet, and prosperity

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On 9th November, Prof Patrick Webb, Technical Adviser to the Global Panel, provided a briefing on the Foresight 2.0 report, Future Food Systems: For people, our planet, and prosperity to the recently appointed leads of the UN Food System Summit Action Tracks.

The presentation provided an overview of the key messages of the report and their relevance to the objectives of the Summit. Currently, a healthy diet based on today’s prices and patterns of consumption is already unaffordable for an estimated three billion people worldwide. The scale of the affordability challenge means that a broad strategic approach is needed, one which takes account of local challenges and opportunities and which addresses both the supply side and the demand side simultaneously. Concerted action from both high- and low-income countries, as well as donor agencies to encourage people to choose healthy diets will also be essential.

To deliver a successful United Nations Food Systems Summit, a set of five Action Tracks have been developed covering every aspect of food systems:

Action Track 1: Ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all

Chaired by Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN

  • Achieving zero hunger
  • Increasing access to nutritious food
  • Food safety

Action Track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns

Chaired by Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT Foundation

  • Food environments
  • Food demand
  • Food waste

Action Track 3: Boost nature-positive production

Chaired by Joao Campari, Global Leader Food Practice, WWF International

  • Protect natural ecosystems against new conversions for food and feed production
  • Manage sustainably existing food production systems
  • Restore and rehabilitate degraded ecosystems and soil function for sustainable food production

Action Track 4: Advance equitable livelihoods

Chaired by Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA

  • Strengthening agency
  • Inclusive policies
  • Multi-dimensional welfare and access

Action Track 5: Building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses

Co-Chaired by Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development and Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome 

  • Economic resilience
  • Social resilience
  • Environmental resilience

The Global Panel Secretariat have attended the following UNFSS Public Forums:

  • AT1 Public Forum 1: 17 Nov 2020
  • AT1 Public Forum 2: 25 Feb 2021 
  • AT2 Public Forum 1: 9 Dec 2020
  • AT2 Public Forum 2: 3 Feb 2021
  • AT3 Public Forum 1: 10 Dec 2020
  • AT3 Public Forum 2: 26 Feb 2021
  • AT4 Public Forum 1: 1 Dec 2020
  • AT4 Public Forum 2: 1 Feb 2021
  • AT5 Public Forum 1: 4 Dec 2020
  • AT5 Public Forum 2: 4 Feb 2021 
  • Private Sector Consultation on Action Track 5: 24 Feb 2021
  • Civil Society Public Forum: 26 March 2021