Chapter 2

Key Inputs from Summit Workstreams


Representatives of the Food Systems Summit support structures and workstreams met on a monthly basis under the leadership of the Special Envoy to share respective updates and progress, share views on milestones and deliverables and inform the convergence of various workstreams towards the Summit and its outcomes.

Action Tracks Chairs and representatives of the cross-cutting Levers of Change on Human Rights and Law, Women’s Empowerment and Gender, Finance and Innovation, provided updates on the efforts to engage people and organisations worldwide through open public fora, online consultations, or regional and global dialogues, and source game-changing ideas and propositions to inform the Summit process.

The Chair of the Scientific Group provided regular updates on the Scientific Group papers and associated thematic partner briefs to provide the evidence behind many of these discussions.

The coordinator of the Food Systems Dialogues provided regular updates on the progress of national dialogues, including the profile of nominated National Convenors, some of the concrete challenges encountered by countries in organising their dialogues in a context of pandemic, as well as the emerging themes on dialogue agendas, often echoing the global-level work in Action Tracks, as well as the consolidated priorities informing national pathways and calling for specific support from coalitions and initiatives.

The Chair of the United Nations Taskforce, the Chair of the Champions’ Network and the Chair of the Private Sector Guiding Group) provided feedback on progress in their constituencies’ engagement, and commitments shaping in light of the Summit.

Chapter 1 – Overview of the Food Systems Summit Process

Over the course of 18 months, and in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, the Secretary-General’s Food Systems Summit has engaged hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in an ambitious effort to accelerate action to transform food systems to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In the context of the Decade of Action, as both a “People’s Summit” and a “Solutions Summit”, the Food Systems Summit has been a catalytic moment for global public mobilization and motivating actionable commitments by various stakeholders.

Chapter 2 – Key Inputs from Summit Workstreams

As part of the Summit process, over 147 UN Member States led National Dialogues. Their outcomes are being consolidated into national pathways, which are clear visions of what governments, together with various stakeholders, expect of food systems by 2030. Member States and a wide range of experts and stakeholders have contributed more than 2200 suggestions for accelerated action. The Action Tracks have clustered this rich input in a systemic way to build communities of practice and foster new partnerships. The Scientific Group consulted broadly and made a robust contribution to the evidence base underpinning much of the Summit’s work. The UN Task Force helped to mobilize over 40 key global institutions to bring knowledge and expertise. Through the Champions Network, Global Food Systems Summit Dialogues, and over 900 Independent Dialogues, people around the world have offered ideas on how to transform food systems.

Chapter 3 – Overview of the Pre-Summit

UN Food Systems Pre-Summit was held from the 26 – 28th July 2021, at the FAO in Rome and on-line attendance.  More than 100 countries came together over the course of three-days to discuss how they will transform their national food systems to drive progress against the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The official pre-summit programme featured sessions dedicated to four decisive “levers of change”, including women’s empowerment, and human rights.

Chapter 4- Summit

The UN Food Systems Summit will launch bold new actions, solutions, and strategies to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food systems. The Summit will awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food.

DISCLAIMER: The various sections which form this Compendium are the result of collective work involving thousands of individuals through the Summit’s structures and workstreams, collated and presented by the Food Systems Secretariat as a (necessarily non-exhaustive) compilation of knowledge, tools and analysis which can inform and support efforts at all levels to accelerate action for sustainable food systems and operationalize Sammy outcomes. This compendium is not a product of intergovernmental negotiations and — outside of international agreements — does not represent an endorsement of any particular position contained therein