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MEMO|26 July 2021|IPES-Food Withdraws from the UN Food Systems Top

Concerns raised clearly and consistently by farmers’ organizations, social motions, civil society, Indigenous Peoples, and independent scientists, have yet to be dealt with by the organizers of the UN Food Systems Summit. The Top continues to threaten replacing democratic debate with significantly unaccountable modes of decision-making. These obstacles weaken the work being carried out in good faith by numerous stars within the UNFSS procedure and set a harmful precedent for the entire UN System.

IPES-Food invites the work of States and other allies in accentuating the transformative potential of agroecology and ensuring its place on the pre-Summit program. Nevertheless, it is with regret that members of IPES-Food are stepping down from functions held within the Top procedure due to absence of resolution on a variety of basic governance issues.

Read the memo: EN|FR


CALL TO ACTION|13 principles of food system transformation

More than 800 international companies, NGOs, farming groups and experts want agroecology, natural, and regenerative farming to top the program at this year’s UN Food Systems Top. The voices from six continents are getting in touch with governments and businesses to do something about it once and for all on the “destructive” status quo in international farming.

“In the added to this UN Summit, certain groups have been playing quickly and loose with the meaning of sustainability,” cautioned Emile Frison of IPES-Food, and co-founder of the call. “Standard farming– with its heavy reliance on chemical inputs– has failed millions. It continues to diminish soils, damage biodiversity, drive climate change, and destroy livelihoods. Absolutely nothing except a food systems transformation will guide us to security.”

The Call sees proponents of agroecology, natural, and regenerative agriculture unite around the 13 principles of food system improvement set out by the High-Level Panel on Food Security and Nutrition in a landmark 2019 report.

Read the call: EN|FR|ES — Read the press release: EN|FR|ES — Sign the call: organisation|individual expert

See the signatories.

NEW BRIEFING KEEP IN MIND|Summit being utilized to fast-track brand-new science body

In a new briefing note, IPES-Food cautions that the UN Food Systems Top (UNFSS) is being utilized to advance a brand-new mode of decision-making that could exclude lots of voices in food systems.

A small however prominent group of stars has long been demanding the creation of a brand-new panel– an ‘IPCC for Food’– to simplify decisions on the future of food systems.

On the eve of the UNFSS Science Days, where the concept will be showcased, IPES-Food underlined the importance of science-based decision-making. However, the rundown note cautioned that the new panel– as prepared– dangers imposing a narrow view of science, and closing down democratic debate.

The new panel might also undermine the High-Level Panel on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), which already provides scientific assistance to federal governments, taking into consideration varied knowledge and viewpoints from throughout the food system.

Check Out the Briefing Note: EN|ES — Read the Open Letter by independent researchers


Check out the IPES-Food statement of withdrawal from the UN Food Systems Summit process (26 July 2021).

Listen to a special IPES-Food podcast with IPES member Melissa Leach in discussion with Martin Cole, chairperson of the guiding committee of the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition. Teacher Leach and Professor Cole discuss the function of the HLPE and the issues surrounding new proposals for a new science-policy user interface for worldwide food systems governance (July 2021)

Read the open letter to the UNFSS organizers by the Ad-hoc Commitee on UNFSS Governance calling for more powerful and more transparent concepts of engagement (July 2021)

Listen to a podcast with IPES-Food panel member, Emile Frison, on the role agroecology can play in framing food systems change at the UN Food System Top (July 2021)

Read an op-ed by three UN Unique Rapporteurs on the Right to Food, previous and present, consisting of IPES-Food co-chair Olivier De Schutter, on how to get the Top back on track (March 2021)

Check out the memo on IPES-Food’s position on the UNFSS (November 2020)

Check out an op-ed on the UNFSS process by the IPES-Food Co-chairs (March 2020)


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