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Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the UN Food Systems Summit


The United Nations Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit in September 2021.

Food systems touch every aspect of human existence and are intricately connected to human and animal health, land, water, climate, biodiversity, and the economy. However, too many of the world’s food systems are failing at multiple levels. Parliaments and parliamentarians are challenged to contribute more effectively to the governance of food systems, including the protection of the right to food, the regulation of the different stakeholders, institutions and processes involved along the food supply chain, and the promotion of equitable access to healthy and sustainable diets. The meeting will identify entry points for parliamentary action to ensure the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food responds to health, equity and sustainability imperatives. The outcomes of the meeting will inform the preparatory process of the UN Food Systems Summit.

The meeting will be held virtually and will be open to all parliaments. The working languages will be English, French and Spanish.

Download the IPU Handbook for parliamentarians on nutrition and food systems