President Higgins to deliver Ireland’s National Statement to the UN Food Systems Summit
Date: Mon 20th Sep, 2021 | 17:27
On 23 September, President Higgins will deliver Ireland’s National Statement to the United Nations Food Systems Summit.
The Summit will be a completely virtual event during the UN General Assembly High-level Week, but is seen as a historic opportunity to empower people to leverage the power of food systems to drive our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and get the world back on track to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
In his meetings in Rome last week, President Higgins has stressed that the world is not on track to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and that modern food systems (defined as encompassing all the elements and activities related to the production and consumption of food, and its effects, including all of the economic, health and environmental outcomes) lie at the heart of many of today’s greatest challenges.
These issues were on the agenda when President Higgins met Pope Francis and the Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, Mr. Qu Dongyu, in Rome last week, and have also been part of the President’s meetings at the United Nations headquarters in previous years.
Separate to this, President Higgins will this week also address a High-Level Side Event on the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index for Small Island Developing States, and a side event on “Delivering the UN Common Agenda: Action to Achieve Equality and Inclusion”.