Events, Systems Thinking

UNGA and Climate Week NYC 2023 - Food Systems in Focus and Dialogue

Amidst the dynamic backdrop of this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week NYC (17 – 24 September), the Global Alliance is pleased to be a part of a range of impactful discussions, including Food Day at UNGA. Please find a selection of these events and dialogues: 

Food and Climate Action: Philanthropic Strategies for Systems Transformation

19 September 2023
Time: Panel from 16:00 – 17:30 pm ET, followed by a Reception from 17:45 – 19:00 pm
Location: Project Farmhouse 76 East 13th Street, New York, 10003, United States.

As one of the biggest drivers of the climate crisis, the global food system needs profound—and swift—transformation, yet still too few resources, and too little focus, turn to food. In this lively conversation, Anna Lappé, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, will bring together four inspiring philanthropic leaders who are charting paths to support regenerative, agroecological food systems and challenge the harms of industrial, fossil-fuel-based agriculture. The conversation will explore creative approaches to community-centred and impactful philanthropic practice to address the food-climate linkages. The panel will be followed by an optional reception with Global Alliance members and partners. Space is extremely limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible.


  • Kai Carter, Director, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, on impactful practices to address the food-climate nexus
  • Lourdes Inga, Executive Director, International Funders for Indigenous People, on the importance of Indigenous-led philanthropy
  • Daniel Moss, Co-Director, Agroecology Fund, on growing participatory pooled funding
  • Mark Watson, Co-Founder and President, Potlikker/Transformational Investing in Food Systems, on new models for public-private funding and investment
  • In conversation with Anna Lappé, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.

The event will be followed by a Reception from 17:45 – 19:00 p.m. 

Food Day at UNGA 

20 September 2023
Time: 08:45 am – 17:00 pm ET
Location: In-person and via Livestream
Language: Delivered in English, Español, Français and Português interpretation.
Idioma: Conferencia en inglés y en idioma nativo con interpretación al español, francés y portugués.
Langue: Conférence en anglais et dans la langue maternelle avec interprétation en espagnol, français et portugais.
Idioma: Conferência em inglês e na língua nativa com interpretação para espanhol, francês e português.
**Watch the recording here**

On Wednesday, 20 September 2023, join the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Rockefeller Foundation, WWF, and media partner Food Tank for Food Day at the U.N. General Assembly.

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 public and private sectors gather in New York City for the SDG Summit and U.N. General Assembly, and activists from around the globe participate in Climate Week, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and the 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, hosted by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, The Rockefeller Foundation and WWF, 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 U.N. 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.

Speakers and moderators include:

  • H.E Minister Mariam Almheiri, United Arab Emirates
  • Joao Campari, WWF
  • David Cooper, UNCBD
  • Juan Carlos Jintiach, Head of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities
  • Anna Lappe, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
  • Julia Moskin, The New York Times
  • Gonzalo Muñoz, Chair of Climate Champions Advisory Board
  • Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank
  • Reema Nanavaty, SEWA India
  • Ana Di Pangracio, Director of FARN
  • Erika Xananine Calvillo Ramirez, Indigenous Youth Leader from Mexico
  • Dr Kirsten Schuijt, WWF
  • Deena Shanker, Bloomberg
  • Vera Songwe, Economic Commission for Africa and Co-chair FSEC
  • Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm

The Livestream will begin promptly at 8:45 AM ET. The Livestream will be delivered in English, Español, Français and Português interpretation. For more details about the event and to view the agenda, click here. To access Livestream tickets click here

**Watch the recording here**

If you are a journalist covering UNGA or Climate Week NYC, Global Alliance spokespeople are available for comment and interviews. Please contact:
Maria Elena De Matteo
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