Commitment registry FAQ

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. The multi-country and multi-stakeholder initiatives have emerged as part of the UN Food Systems Summit process. These are voluntary partnerships/collaboration involving different stakeholders designed to contribute to addressing food systems transformation.

These initiatives fall under each if the Action areas, i.e., 

  • Nourish all People;
  • Boost Nature-Based Solutions;
  • Advance Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work and Empowered Communities;
  • Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks and Stresses;
  • Support Means of Implementation (Finance, Governance, Science and Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Data, Capacity).

Action Areas therefore act as an umbrella to frame the multiple coalitions developed in the context of the Food Systems Summit process and provide simplified entry points to welcome and orient representatives of governments or stakeholders interested in joining forces beyond the Summit.

The Commitment Registry is a way to capture these initiatives and momentum.

You can reach out to the contact person(s) for the multi-country and multi-stakeholder initiatives to find out how to get involved. Each initiative will have different approaches to the development of the initiative, but ultimately, it should contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 particularly through the areas of action  toward food systems that are healthier, more sustainable and equitable.

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 which is linked to the  Commitment Registry to connect Member States with the wealth of knowledge, expertise, resources and capacity in the global community ready.

Governments and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to include their commitments and stock-taking of progress in their overall Voluntary National Reviews, as well as other mechanisms already in place, including within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCBD) as well as the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) process and other global mechanisms.

Each multi-stakeholder commitment is encouraged to develop tangible plans including
measurable targets, aligned to those of the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements, to achieve systemic change of food systems, supporting structures and – ideally – financing arrangements, against which progress can be tracked.

Each initiative and institution registering a commitment will be expected, over time, commit to taking action around a specific topic, using measurable targets and a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to report progress regularly, which could then be used for voluntary reporting in the future through a post Summit follow up and review structure (to be defined). The registry will be a critical input to future assessments of follow-up to the Summit.

The commitments should be anchored in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 2030 Agenda was adopted by all Member States in 2015 and is premised on previous intergovernmental agreements. The commitments to action will be posted on the registry to ensure transparency and bring visibility to the coalitions and initiatives that have emerged from the process, build support and continue the momentum. It will also encourage the connection of resources and expertise to gaps, increase public scrutiny and competition to drive up levels of ambition over time. The registry will be a critical input to future assessments of follow-up to the Summit.

The UN Food Systems Summit set out to be inclusive recognising that all stakeholders have an important responsibility to act toward a transformed food system. Commitments from institutions and collective commitments from multi-country and multi-stakeholders are welcome, to the extent possible, to:

  • make voluntary commitments toward food systems transformation through these coalitions,
  • contribute time, effort, resources, as well as experience and expertise (in support of peer-to-peer learning, South-South or triangular cooperation) to further develop and improve the coalition,
  • identify and enjoin, as appropriate, other actors, programmes and initiatives to promote synergies
  • support, in line with their mandate, other coalition actors in the achievement of their own objectives
  • acknowledge the leadership of national governments.

The commitment registry form will allow multiple action tracks to be highlighted. This means if your coalition covers more than one action areas you can choose reference it with multiple action areas. 

See also: https://foodsystems.community/game-changing-propositions-solution-clusters/