Commitment registry and guidelines
Now is the time to share commitments to action from all stakeholders.
The Secretary-General’s Food Systems Summit has engaged hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and across all constituencies to accelerate action to transform food systems to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development over the last 18 months.
As a result of the National Food Systems Summit Dialogues, Member States are developing National Pathways for Food Systems Transformation that are clear visions of what governments, together with different stakeholders, expect of food systems by 2030. Regional Pathways for Food Systems Transformation are being developed to address areas of common focus and priority across many countries. A growing registry of national pathways can be found here.
At the global level, the Summit process has given rise to several multi-stakeholder initiatives that actors will be ready to commit to by the time of the Summit, in order to support Member States in delivering on national pathways and achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development more broadly. It will be a priority to register and recognize as many of these as possible through the Summit moment on 23 September.
The Summit Secretariat has developed a commitment register where Member States and other stakeholders will be able to register their collective or individual commitments to action which are aligned to the action areas.
Five action areas: Nourish All People ; Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production; Advance Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work, & Empowered Communities; Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses; and Means of Implementation have emerged through the process as key to accelerate action in order to deliver on the 2030 Agenda through food systems.
Role of the Action Areas
- Accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda through food systems agenda
- Promote networking local to global and back again
- Fostering alignment and coherence and reducing fragmentation of effort and investment.
- Catalysing coordinated investment and collective action around top priorities at all levels.
- Mobilize energy, political will and resources
- Transferring lessons, knowledge, best practices, and capacities
Factors to consider when making commitments to action
- The UN Food Systems Summit has supported exercises in exploring food systems in their totality and recognise the trade off and co-benefits. It can therefore be helpful to consider how the commitment(s) to action;
- demonstrates what systemic, integrated action, as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda, looks like
- contributes to deliver across the action areas
- How the commitment to action can support national and/or regional pathways, local communities?
- How the commitment, to the extent possible, support and promote inclusiveness and multi-stakeholder involvement?
- The scale of impact of the commitment.
- How will the commitment be included and linked to other global processes such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCBD), Nutrition for Growth (N4G), and other global mechanisms?
Register your commitment
The deadline for registering is end of day on 19 September to be included on the register before the Summit. But this is just the start. The Summit welcomes further commitments beyond the Summit moment.
The Food Systems Summit Secretariat: FoodSystemsSummit@un.org
Jamie Morrison: Jamie.email@example.com
Director, Food Systems and Food Safety Division, FAO.
On behalf of World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Action Track Chairs
Professor Lawrence Haddad
Chair, Action Track 1
Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all
Dr. Gunhild Stordalen
Chair Action Track 2
Shift to sustainable consumption patterns
Chair Action Track 3
Boost nature-positive production
Chair Action Track 4
Advance equitable livelihoods
Sandrine Dixson, Co-Chair Action Track 5
Professor, Dr Saleemul Huq, Co-Chair Action Track 5
Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress