Frequently Asked Questions
UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment
The UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment (UNFSS+2) will serve as the first global follow-up to the 2021 Food Systems Summit, two years on, and provide the opportunity to review commitments and assess progress towards the implementation of national food systems transformation pathways.
From February-May 2023, regional preparatory meetings took place, which saw National Convenors identify and build a consensus on regional priority actions in preparation for the 2023 Stocktaking Moment in July. Read more on the regional preparatory meetings here.
Find reading materials including background documents, preparatory materials and statements related to the UNFSS+2 on the Documentation page. These documents provide valuable insights into the current state of food systems around the world and the collective efforts being taken at national, regional and global levels to support transformative change. Also find the Synthesis Report from the Regional Preparatory Meetings.
The UNFSS+2 is framed around the narrative: “Sustainable Food Systems for People, Planet and Prosperity: Diverse pathways in a shared journey”. Starting from this idea, the event serves as a make-or-break moment to generate further momentum on action for food systems transformation in support of SDGs acceleration. To do that, UNFSS+2 focuses on three objectives:
- Convene countries and stakeholders to review progress on the commitments to action that were made during the UNFSS 2021 and identify successes, enduring bottlenecks and priorities in order to close the implementation gap by effectively and efficiently utilizing the Means of Implementation for food systems transformation;
- Socialize the powerful role of sustainable, equitable, healthy and resilient food systems as critical SDG accelerators among world leaders, national decision makers and practitioners and food systems actors;
- Advocate for urgent action at scale, building on the latest evidence that sustainable food systems contribute to better and more sustainable outcomes for people, planet and prosperity leaving no one behind, by sharing concrete cases of transformative action led by state and non-state actors.
Learn more about the UNFSS+2 roadmap and programme here.
The UNFSS+2 will take place in Rome, Italy from 24 to 26 July 2023, at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The UNFSS+2 is convened by the UN Secretary-General and hosted by the Government of Italy in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, and with the support of the wider United Nations System.
The UNFSS+2 will provide the opportunity for countries to review progress made at a National level since the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021 (UNFSS) and its contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda – despite a challenging and substantially changed global context due to multiple crises that have further impacted our food systems.
By bringing together diverse stakeholders from around the world, the UNFSS+2 allows for the exchange of ideas and the development of strategies to address the many challenges facing food systems, such as hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation. As a result, policymakers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders can develop and commit to effective evidence-based strategies to build resilient and equitable food systems that can feed the world's growing population while safeguarding the planet's natural resources.
The UNFSS+2 will project a strong sense of urgency as well as optimism grounded in evidence, data and insight that food systems transformations have started to happen. The global community should leave the UNFSS+2 with a strengthened common understanding that the pace of transformation needs to accelerate and be in synergy with the other key transitions (such as energy, education, jobs and social protection, digitalization and climate) advancing the 2030 Agenda.
A Secretary-General report will be issued ahead of the UNFSS+2 as a major input into the meeting. The content of the report will be informed by analysis of the progress towards the implementation of the food systems national pathways adopted as part of the UNFSS 2021. The Secretary-General report also includes an account of the UN and broader food ecosystem’s activities in support of the follow-up to the UNFSS 2021.
Stakeholders were invited to contribute to the preparation of the UNFSS+2, through a “Stakeholders’ Contribution” document (shadow report), the preparation of which was led by the Stakeholders Engagement, Networking and Advisory (SENA) Group of the Hub.
You may find the draft of the Secretary-General report, Stakeholder Contribution document and other useful materials on the Documentation page of the UNFSS+2 website.
The outcome of the UNFSS+2 will feed directly into the SDG Summit in September 2023.
A number of global meetings planned for 2023 provide venues for pre- and post- UNFSS+2 engagement to further promote its messages on food systems and the SDGs, as well as connect and build bridges across agendas. These meetings include but are not limited to: the One-Planet Network Global Conference (April 2023, Viet Nam); the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2023 (July 2023, New York), the SDG Summit (September 2023, New York), the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (September 2023, New York), the World Food Forum (October 2023, Italy) the COP28 (November 2023, UAE) as well as the 2024 Summit for the Future.
We are pleased to have received over 100 applications to host side events (closed in April 2023). These 60-minute side events were intended to complement the UNFSS+2 official sessions and highlight concrete approaches, initiatives, and experiences to advance sustainable food systems and the integrated SDGs. 21 in-situ/hybrid side events took place outside the main sessions on the programme, along with multiple virtual side events.
View the side event programme.
The UNFSS+2 will include representatives of UN Member States, the UN System and other International Organizations, as well as Non-State-Actor representatives from majors groups and stakeholders from around the world – including business and industry, children and youth, farmers, indigenous peoples, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, the scientific and technological community, women, and workers and trade unions.
All food systems actors worldwide were invited to register for the virtual campus of the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment and be part of this historic event.
The plenary sessions, leadership dialogues and special events were available in all 6 UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), as well as Italian. Interpretation options for the side events varied for each event.
Journalists wishing to attend the event in person should send their accreditation request to [email protected], with the following information:
- Indicate the exact days they plan to participate;
- Include a valid press card or letter of assignment on company stationery and a copy of a valid photo ID (passport/identity card).
Please note that the Hub will not be able to offer support for visa requests to the Italian authorities for in-person travel to Rome. Participation through the virtual campus is also welcomed.
The UNFSS+2 served as an impactful and inclusive event which included the engagement of stakeholders from across the scientific community and the Hub’s ecosystem of support, including food systems coalitions. The event's engagement and mobilization strategy involved outreach through multiple channels in coordination and partnership with:
- The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC);
- The Stakeholders Engagement, Networking and Advisory (SENA) Group;
- The Food Systems Coalitions Stakeholders, who were invited to contribute to the preparation of the UNFSS+2, including through a Stakeholders’ Contribution Document (shadow report), the preparation of which was led by the SENA Group of the Hub.
The UNFSS+2 Stocktaking Moment is an in-person event. The program has been shaped not only around the possibility for national Ministers to participate in interactive discussions actively and spontaneously in Plenaries and Leadership Dialogues and share their National Statement in a dedicated session, but also around the opportunity to interact with other delegations, and members of the Global Ecosystem of Support, on site. Physical participation is therefore highly encouraged.
In exceptional circumstances, UNFSS+2 organizers and Session Leads may look into the possibility of facilitating remote, virtual participation, but this cannot be guaranteed.
All sessions are livestreamed on the event’s virtual campus.
Please note that this FAQ is for the general participation, responding to the most frequently asked questions that the Hub has received. It will be regularly updated with relevant information. A separate information note for Member States participation will be available soon. Kindly find the Information Note for General Participation and Guidance Note for National Delegations to prepare your participation to the UNFSS+2.