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Youth Online Consultation for a Better Food System, 29 June – 12 July 2021

FAO Partnerships Unit announces that the UN Food System Summit (UNFSS) and the World Food Forum – powered by global youth (WFF) have launched a two-week (29 June – 12 July) Youth Online Consultation for a Better Food System taking place on the SparkBlue Platform,and we are encouraging graduate students and young researchers to participate and contribute to the consultation.

As you may know, in September 2021, UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, will convene a Food Systems Summit (FSS) as part of the decade of action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Food systems transformation calls for a joint effort from all people, including the young generation, who are already challenging and changing the ways we produce, prepare, and consume food. The process provides a platform for youth worldwide to participate meaningfully by voicing and advocating for innovative ideas and solutions towards food systems transformation.

 As an immediate next step, the Youth Online Consultation for a Better Food System is providing youth groups globally the opportunity to complement, improve and suggest solutions for improving food systems.

Action Tracks Youth Action Chairs and other young people have already reviewed the emerging propositions (Read more on the Action Tracks and Propositions) to identify those that are most relevant for youth constituencies. Through other processes like the dialogue and the Pledge Initiative, youth have also come up with propositions that are most pertinent to young people.

Furthermore, through this online consultation, the youth will identify and finalize concrete commitments towards food system transformation that will be shared during the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit (26 - 28 July).

The deadline for receiving contributions on the Youth Online Consultation for a Better Food System is the 11 July.

The two-week consultation will be followed by a Youth Moment (15 July), in which the outcome of the online consultation will be discussed. Further information on the Youth Moment will be provided in the next following weeks.

Involve your graduate students and young researchers in this important initiative!