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Leadership for the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit and Dialogues

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit in September 2021, with the vision of launching bold new actions, solutions, and strategies to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, each of which relies on healthier, more sustainable and more equitable food systems.

This work contributes towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to meet the challenges of poverty, hunger and food insecurity, malnutrition, population growth, climate change, and natural resource degradation; it also aligns with the vision and priority outcomes of the Food Policy for Canada.

Canada is engaging in the UN Food Systems Summit by hosting Member State Dialogues, encouraging Independent Dialogues, and participating in the Summit.

If you or your organization wish to host an Independent Dialogue, please register on the Food Systems Summit Dialogues Gateway to receive additional information and materials.

United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogues

In the lead-up to the Food Systems Summit, UN Member States and food system actors are invited to host a series of Food Systems Summit Dialogues until June 2021. The Dialogues offer a forum for governments, organizations, and diverse stakeholders and partners to share views and perspectives related to food systems, and will contribute towards informing the Food Systems Summit in September 2021.

Canada’s Member State Dialogues

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is leading Canada’s Member State Dialogues in partnership with other federal departments.

To participate in any of the Dialogues listed below, or share your ideas, please contact:

1. Fostering Collaboration on Food Loss and Waste – April 19, 2021

Participants from across the food system discussed addressing food loss and waste through:

AAFC is compiling notes from the discussion and will publish an official feedback report here.

2. Sustainable Food Value Chains – April 23, 2021

Participants discussed how Canadian involvement in global agri-food value chains can drive positive change in the food systems of developing countries, especially for women. The discussion considered the environmental, social and economic implications of agri-food imports into Canada from developing countries, Official Development Assistance, and international trade rules on food system outcomes.

Global Affairs Canada is compiling notes from the discussion and will publish an official feedback report here.

3. Food Security Data and Measurement – April 27, 2021

This Dialogue’s objective is to develop a forward-looking strategy for data on food insecurity, particularly among Canadians experiencing food insecurity. Participants will discuss data and measurement needs and associated strategies to more effectively assess the ability of all Canadians to access sufficient amounts of safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods, and to make significant progress on addressing food insecurity by 2030.

4. Sustainable Production for Canadian Food Systems – May 19, 2021

This Dialogue’s objective is to explore approaches to enhance the sustainability of agricultural and food production across the value chain in Canada. The discussions will consider environmental performance, with linkages to the economic and social resilience of Canadian food systems.

5. Resilient Regional Food Systems – May 21, 2021

This Dialogue will be a forum to discuss challenges and opportunities to developing and sustaining resilient regional food systems, reflecting on the particular circumstances and contexts specific to communities in Canada’s regions. The objective will be to explore community-based strategies and regional infrastructure, with participants discussing successful models and innovative approaches where progress has been made towards improving economic, environmental, health and social food system outcomes.

6. Food Environments’ Role in Supporting More Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems – To be confirmed

Food environments have important impacts on health outcomes, environmental performance, and food accessibility. This Dialogue will focus on the “fork” end of the supply chain, examining issues such as trends in ecommerce and opportunities for investment in local food economies and innovation. The discussion will seek to uncover how supply chain actors can support positive change in food environments and the systems that support them, helping to develop more equitable and sustainable food systems.

7. Climate Adaptation and Food Security – May 27, 2021

This Dialogue will explore and identify approaches to enhance the climate-resiliency of Canada’s agricultural and agri-food sector, including priorities to address food security challenges.

8. Final Member State Dialogue – To be determined in early June

This Dialogue will explore outcomes of the Member State and Independent Dialogues, contributing towards the development of Canada’s positions and potential commitments for the Summit. Additional detail on the themes to be explored in this Dialogue will be provided as it becomes available.

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