Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting of the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment
Organized in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the meeting took place on 27 February 2023 in Niamey, Niger.
The United Nations Food Systems Coordination Hub and the African Union were pleased to invite National Convenors to the African Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment (UNFSS+2), which took place at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Center in Niamey, Niger on February 27, on the sidelines of the 9th session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.
At the end of the Food Systems Summit, the UN Secretary-General committed in his Statement of Action and Chair’s Summary to convene “a global stock-taking meeting every two years to review progress in implementing the outcomes of this process and its contributions to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.” The first of these Food Systems Stocktaking Moments will take place in July 2023. The UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment (UNFSS+2) will primarily give space to countries to report on the progress they have made in the implementation of their national pathways and food systems transformation visions at the national and sub-national levels, maintain the momentum for acceleration and bold action signaling national ownership of the food systems agenda, as well as solidify the global understanding of the role of food systems in achieving the SDGs, especially in the current food and cost-of-living crisis context.
The regional preparatory meeting for the African region, organized as a technical-level workshop in partnership with the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, was designed to serve as a platform for the sharing of experiences, good practices, and lessons learned in National Convenors’ follow-up efforts since the 2021 Food Systems Summit, including through the operationalization and implementation of their national pathways. In addition, participants were invited to identify priority actions and key messages for the region to be synthetized in the form of a short technical report document. The key messages will serve as the regional inputs for the planning of the UNFSS+2.