This event took place on Wednesday 6 October 2021, with full details and session recordings available below.

Countries are preparing for the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) 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.

If you missed any of the sessions or would like to watch them again, links to the recordings are below. Questions and answers from the event sessions will also be made available on this page in due course.

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
  • Marcus Gover, WRAP
  • James Lomax, UNEP
  • Geeta Sethi, World Bank
  • Andrew Griffiths, Nestlé
Click here to watch Session 1
2) New report: Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions from the food system - where to act
  • Chair: Richard Swannell, WRAP
  • Karen Fisher, WRAP
  • Pierre Boileau, UNEP
Click here to watch Session 2
3) Farmers and growers
  • Chair: Marcus Gover, WRAP
  • Sophie Throup, Morrisons
  • Adele Jones, Sustainable Food Trust
  • Nina Prichard, McDonald's
  • Ken Giller, Wageningen University
Click here to watch Session 3
4) Supply chain - manufacturers, brands, retail, hospitality
  • Chair: Ignacio Gavilan, The Consumer Goods Forum
  • Claire Atkins-Morris, Sodexo
  • Robin Sundaram, Nestlé
  • Toine Timmermans, Wageningen University
Click here to watch Session 4
5) Citizens
  • Chair: Dana Gunders, ReFed
  • Christina Bauer-Plank, Unilever
  • Lujain Alqodmani, EAT Foundation
  • Michiel Bakker, Google
  • Richard Swannell, WRAP
Click here to watch Session 5
6) Creating the right environment for a Net Zero food system
  • Chair: Liz Goodwin, WRI
  • Hodayah Finman, EPA 
  • Barbaros Corekoglu, European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food
  • Alison Ismail, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • Closing remarks from Marcus Gover, WRAP
Click here to watch Session 6


You can find out more about the speakers in the Event Programme below.

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