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Women farmers planting rice in Tamil Nadu, India.

Format: In-person and live-streamed
Date: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Time: 08:45-17:00 EDT | 14:45-23:00 CEST
Location: Room 555, Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway New York, New York, United States

Food systems transformation is critical to delivering the shared global agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Declaration on climate change and the Montreal-Kunming Global Biodiversity Framework. As world leaders from the pubic and private sector gather in New York City for the SDG Summit and UN General Assembly, and activists from around the globe participate in Climate Week, the Rockefeller Foundation, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, and World Wildlife Fund, are convening leading change-makers in food systems to elevate the sense of urgency and raise the level of ambition to accelerate implementation and deliver a healthy, sustainable and equitable future for all.

The special Food Day will be a highly interactive event with attendees participating in Action Labs to discuss the opportunities that will maximize impact in the shortest time possible, enhance collaboration and unlock the potential of food systems as a solution to the climate and nature crises. Inspirational speakers will open and close the event.

Food Day is a key moment between the UN Food Systems Summit Stocktake and UNFCCC COP28. It will rally leaders to elevate food systems transformation in their climate and development action plans and reinforce the importance of localized solutions. By connecting a diverse group of senior decision-makers, the event will help enable the development of context-specific strategies that can close the implementation gap on the ground and in the water.

Panel Discussion on Decolonizing Trade & Finance11:35-12:00 EDT | 17:35-18:00 CEST
What structural changes are needed to ensure that finance flows to frontline actors in our food systems including smallholder farmers, farm and food service workers, Indigenous communities, fishers, and land stewards, and that their critical role in the transformation is supported through inclusive finance and equitable trade policies?

Deena Shanker, Bloomberg News
Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary Economic Commission for Africa and Co-chair of FSEC
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, DG of WTO (TBC)
Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of The Africa Center
Maria Elena Rebagay, Regional Program Manager for Policy Engagement and APFP-FO4A

Rockefeller Foundation
World Wildlife Fund
Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Food Tank

Women farmers planting rice in Tamil Nadu, India.
Women farmers planting rice in Tamil Nadu, India. Photo: Deepak kumar / Unsplash.

The Hidden Costs of Food

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