Events, Environment


Climate & the Future of Food: Priority Actions for Systems Transformation 

17 November 2020

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As part of the UNFCCC Race to Zero November 2020 Dialogues, this webinar aims to connect policymakers and non-Party actors from the climate community with food systems leaders and innovators. With a focus on building momentum toward the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and COP26, panellists and respondents will discuss key issues and explore potential opportunities for collective action.

From COVID-19 to the climate crisis, the deep interconnections between human, animal, and planetary health, and the consequences for social, environmental and economic sustainability, can no longer be denied. Transformational change is needed. Coordinated action across food and agriculture sectors to tackle climate change could simultaneously improve food security and nutrition, and, if managed well, reduce pressure on land, sequester carbon, and support biodiversity conservation. However, transformation cannot happen without systems-thinking, safeguards, equity and rights-based approaches in place.

Earlier this year, the Global Alliance and Salzburg Global Seminar convened more than 300 changemakers, experts, and leaders from local to global levels in an online program on the climate emergency and the future of food. “The Salzburg Process” revealed many opportunities to galvanize collective action and highlighted the need for further dialogue and exploration around key issues.

Join us on 17 November 2020, to be part of the continued conversation. The webinar will be delivered in English, supported by live translation in the five UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

– To raise awareness of key issues, generate feedback, and build interest toward collective action,
– Convene a diverse group of stakeholders to articulate their expectations of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and UNFCCC COP26, surfacing both hopes and concerns,
– Encourage participants to identify ways the communities can address shared concerns, join forces, and align on key messages, building momentum around tipping points for systems transformation.

The Dialogues aim to connect policymakers and non-Party actors from the climate community with food systems leaders and innovators. Representatives from philanthropy, universities and researchers, grassroots movements, the private sector, investors, farmers and food systems workers, Indigenous peoples, governments, and policymakers, including city leaders, are encouraged to sign up and will also be invited by the hosts.


  • Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, International Indian Treaty Council
  • André Guimarães, Executive Director of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) and co-facilitator of Coalizão Brasil Clima Floresta Agricultura
  • Clare Shine, VP and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
  • Teresa Anderson, Climate Policy Coordinator, Action Aid International member of the Climate Land Ambition Rights Alliance (CLARA) and Agriculture WG of Climate Action Network International
  • Martin Frick, Deputy to the Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021
  • Million Belay, Coordinator, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
  • Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
  • Saswati Bora, Head of Food Systems Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26, UK Government

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