This event took place on Wednesday 6 October 2021, with full details and session recordings available below.
The UK in partnership with Italy hosted the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) from 31 October to 13 November 2021, with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching Net Zero by the middle of the century. As the global food system contributes around 30% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, changing the way we grow, process and consume food will be a central plank of delivering a Net Zero future.
The United Nations Food Systems Summit took place in September 2021, outlining the effects of our current food system and what can be done to improve it in a way that delivers benefits to people and planet. To do this, we need to understand where to act across the world, how to deliver change rapidly and - crucially - cost-effectively. The scale of the change needed is monumental.
Co-hosted by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute (WRI) and WRAP this online event explored and debated what needs to be done and how. A new report on how to deliver a Net Zero food system for one large economy - the UK, was published on the day of conference: UK Food System GHG Emissions.
A diverse array of speakers took part in the event from around the world, delving into their experiences and outlooks. (You can find out more about the speakers in the Event Programme at the bottom of the page, where you'll also find Questions and Answers.)
If you missed any of the sessions or would like to watch them again, links to the recordings are below:
|Session||Speakers||Link to recording of live session|
|1) State of the Nation: Global food systems and keynote speeches on the role of the food system in delivering Net Zero||
||Click here to watch Session 1|
|2) New report: Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions from the food system - where to act||
||Click here to watch Session 2|
|3) Farmers and growers||
||Click here to watch Session 3|
|4) Supply chain - manufacturers, brands, retail, hospitality||
||Click here to watch Session 4|
||Click here to watch Session 5|
|6) Creating the right environment for a Net Zero food system||
||Click here to watch Session 6|
“If we don’t fix the food system, we won’t fix climate change, and we won’t reach Net Zero. For the sake of people and planet, we must act now.”
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