16 Sep. 2021

UN Food Systems Summit

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and FIAN International

A Step towards overcoming Hunger, Inequality and the Ecological Crisis?

Critical dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Date: 16.09.2021

Time: 17:00 – 19:00 CET

Location: Online

Registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cCvJ5ki6SMaQzHW1Vz7YXw

Languages: English, French, and Spanish (with simultaneous interpretation)

Will the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) be a positive step towards the necessary transformation of food systems? Against the backdrop of the urgent need for democratization of the United Nations, will this summit truly include the voices of peasants, farmworkers, rural social movements and civil society in shaping future food policies? The agenda of the UNFSS and the strong drive of corporate interests are of great concern for civil society movements defending the principles of agroecology and food sovereignty, especially in light of the food crises that COVID-19 has added to. How can we ensure that UN policies address the issues that are actually relevant? We want to bridge the gap from the local to the global perspective and make the case that rebalancing food systems is of paramount importance, all the more so as the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the failures of the corporate food system to address hunger, inequality and the ecological crisis. A side event to the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva on the outcomes of the UNFSS Pre-Summit held in July and just before the UNFSS begins.

Food systems have been disturbed more than ever before due to many crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The UNFSS seeks to address these issues and “generate significant action and measurable progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, however will it be enough? Will the voices farmworkers, civil societies and others be heard? The strong drive of corporate interests might be an issue in the actions and resolutions of this Summit and actions need to be taken.


  • Michael FAKHRI, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Sofia MONSALVE, Secretary General FIAN international
  • Claudia ORTIZ GERENA, Ríos Vivos, a rural movement in defense of Colombian rivers
  • S’bu ZIKODE, chairperson of Abahlali Base Mjondolo


  • Christophe GOLAY, Senior research fellow and strategic adviser on economic, social and cultural rights at Geneva Academy
  • Eva WUCHOLD, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Organized by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and FIAN International

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