July 26, 2021. Professor Angelo Riccaboni, President of the Santa Chiara Lab of the University of Siena and the PRIMA Foundation in Barcelona, Co-Chair of SDSN Europe, will participate in the work of the United Nations Pre-Summit on Food Systems, within the delegation of the Italian government. The event takes place in Rome, at the FAO headquarters, in recognition of the centrality of Rome and Italy in the global debate on food. There will be three intense days of debate between all the actors of the agri-food systems and civil society, from 26 July to 28 July, the results of which will then be brought to the Summit to be held in New York in September.
Under the leadership of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and with the presence of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and heads of State and government from all over the world, the Pre-Summit sees the active participation of innovators, researchers, small farmers and indigenous people, private sector representatives, polity leaders and ministers of agriculture, environment, health and finance, to discuss how agri-food systems can become more sustainable from an environmental and social point of view.
The Summit aims to make the public increasingly aware of the importance of agri-food systems for the health and well-being of both people and the environment, and wants to push global leaders, governments, businesses, researchers and investors to commit to concrete solutions and alliances capable of implementing the transformations necessary to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda.
“I am honoured to take part in this very important event” – declares Professor Angelo Riccaboni – “Thanks to the work carried out in recent months in the context of the MAECI working group on “Food supply chains”, led by Ambassador Giorgio Marrapodi, we have collected good practices and successful experiences which represent, from farm to fork, concrete examples of sustainable consumption and production, good and healthy for people and the environment. Italian agri-food companies have already done a lot in terms of economic, social and environmental sustainability, and the model that characterizes them, made up of collaboration between the various players in the supply chain and attention to territories and quality, can also constitute an important reference in other contexts to address issues concerning the environment and society “.
More information about the event is available here.