Organisers: UN Environment Management Group (EMG), UNU-FLORES
In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food systems.
Against this background, the UN Environment Management Group (EMG), in close collaboration with Dr Serena Caucci and Dr Lulu Zhang (Associate Programme Officers, UNU-FLORES), organises a Food System Resilience through Integrated Natural Resource Management Nexus Dialogue as an independent dialogue of the Food System Summit.
During the Dialogue, we follow the three key features of the overall Summit: respect the Summit’s three principles of engagement, feature structured conversations among stakeholder groups with different perspectives, and contribute to the Summit.
The current world is afflicted with crises that affect the integrity of our food systems’ sustainability. This includes its capability to provide nutritional and quality foods, decent livelihood opportunities, and the biological diversity’s capacity to produce renewable, ecological yield.
The crises are myriad and nuanced, with unclear triggers and trajectories – ranging from land-use agricultural production to food processing through waste management. However, its socioeconomic impacts are evident.
Transforming global food systems has the potential to guarantee a just society that would address human health, reduce environmental pollution, and secure fundamental rights for communities.
In recognising that food systems are simultaneously the cause and effect of layered variables and interactions, the Nexus Dialogue seeks to investigate the accelerating effect of Integrated Natural Resource Management (“INRM”). With the aim of detangling complexity and enhanced by Circular Bioeconomy (“CBE”) strategies, the Dialogue focuses on INRM’s impact on poverty, health, and climate.
The Nexus Dialogue’s strategic positioning ahead of the Food System Summit provides momentum for stakeholders to reflect on the interconnectedness of INRM and the Circular Bioeconomy.