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From New York to Rome: The Pope, youth, singers, tech innovators, chefs, CEOs, public leaders and others to join hands galvanizing action after UN Food Systems Summit
Tuesday, 2021/09/28 | 07:30:39

World Food Forum to take place in Rome on October 1-5


Figure: The youth-led World Food Forum empowered by the Youth Committee of FAO was created as an independent network of partners forging a global movement to restore our agri-food systems.


21 September 2021, Rome - Just days after the UN Food Systems Summit in New York (September 23), the youth led World Food Forum (WFF) holds its first flagship event in Rome on October 1-5, bringing together people from diverse sectors around the world to galvanize global action following up to the Summit.


The five-day flagship event aims to spur actions by youth to help shape the future of food and agriculture. Speakers will include Pope Francis, Queen Letizia of Spain, Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid and FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.


The Forum features many youth leaders from the world of farming and beyond. They will be joined by influencers, celebrities, business and civil society leaders. It includes performances or demonstrations by Nigerian singer and songwriter Brymo, German musician Keye Katcher, vegan model and influencer Natalie Prabha, chef and writer Carla Lalli Music, Poet Meera Dasgupta and others. Participants from the private sector include Ramon Laguarta, CEO of PepsiCo, Kimbal Musk, Co-Founder and Chairman of Big Green, The Kitchen Restaurant Group and Square Roots, and Frank Giustra, Co-Chair of the International Crisis Group.


The programme of the event can be found here. Register to join and follow the event here


By youth and for youth


The youth-led World Food Forum empowered by the Youth Committee of FAO was created as an independent network of partners forging a global movement to restore our agri-food systems.


Climate change, ongoing conflicts, slowdowns and recessions are the leading causes behind the increase of hunger of up to 161 more million people to a total of 811 million in 2020, which is intensifying in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The younger generations are the ones that will be left having to deal with such challenges, but they are also the ones better placed to come up with the solutions.


Maximo Torero, FAO Chief Economist and Chair of FAO Youth Committee, points out that to resolve the huge challenge our agri-food systems face today we need new ways of thinking and working together.


"The ingenuity and energy of global youth are one of our biggest resources. Tapping into this potential energy through initiatives like the World Food Forum is essential to overcoming global hunger," Torero said ahead of the event's launch.


See more: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1440566/icode/

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