The UNFSS Action Tracks and Action Areas 


The United Nations Food Systems Summit has identified a set of five Action Tracks and four cross-cutting Levers of Change to focus on how food systems can support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Action Tracks cover every aspect of food systems and establish a space for sharing and learning across constituencies and for generating coordinated action, commitments, and new partnerships. They are multisectoral and multi-stakeholder in nature, open to everyone and designed to overcome silos. Guided by the Summit’s vision and objectives, the Action Tracks are tasked to create synergies and inspire solutions at local, national, regional, and global levels and to scale up and accelerate existing initiatives that align to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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 


Over 2000 game-changing propositions were discussed in the Action Tracks which have now been developed into 15 Action AreasAction Areas are designed to be the starting point for coalitions of action which could help national governments and multi-stakeholder groups adopt transformational pathways, associated policy and behavioral shifts towards more sustainable food systems. 

 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 
  • AT1 Public Forum 3: 4 May 2021 
  • AT2 Public Forum 1: 9 Dec 2020 
  • AT2 Public Forum 2: 3 Feb 2021 
  • AT2 Public Forum 3: 24 Apr 2021 
  • AT3 Public Forum 1: 10 Dec 2020 
  • AT3 Public Forum 2: 26 Feb 2021 
  • AT3 Public Forum 3: 27 Apr 2021 
  • AT4 Public Forum 1: 1 Dec 2020 
  • AT4 Public Forum 2: 1 Feb 2021 
  • AT4 Public Forum 3: 26 Apr 2021 
  • AT5 Public Forum 1: 4 Dec 2020 
  • AT5 Public Forum 2: 4 Feb 2021 
  • AT5 Public Forum 3: 6 May 2021 
  • Private Sector Consultation on Action Track 5: 24 Feb 2021 
  • Civil Society Public Forum: 26 March 2021 
  • Civil Society Public Forum: 28 May 2021 


We have provided multiple briefings on our Foresight 2.0 report. On 9th November 2020, 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 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. It emphasised that concerted action from both high- and low-income countries, as well as donor agencies to encourage people to choose healthy diets is essential. As a result of this we went on to present a similar briefing to the Action Track 4 leadership group on the 19th March 2021. Tim Benton led this presentation which aimed to help inform a just transition of food systems in the run-up to the UNFSS.