Representatives of the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines recently met Agriculture Secretary William Dar to convey the UN’s commitment to support national dialogues being organized around the UN Food Systems Summit.
Dar was nominated as the Philippines’ National Dialogues Convenor for the UN Summit to be held in September 2021.
The Summit, which aims to deliver progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a food systems approach, will leverage on the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty, and inequality.
“We appreciate the support of the UN Philippines System in the organization of national consultations for a successful global Food Systems Summit,” said Dar.
“Consistent with this UN initiative, the Philippines has adopted a strategic development framework anchored on modernization, industrialization, value chain-based consolidation, and professionalization that continues to be guided by a whole-of-society consultation process, ” he added.
The Agriculture secretary also noted that the Summit is happening at a time when “the disruption caused by Covid-19 requires game-changing initiatives towards more responsive policies that will ensure more inclusive development outcomes.”
The Summit will bring together key players from the worlds of science, business, policy, healthcare and academia, as well as farmers, indigenous people, youth organizations, consumer groups, environmental activists, and other key stakeholders.