November 20, 2023, Hybrid | London, UK
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The Global Food Security Summit will take place on 20 November 2023. It will focus international attention on the deepening global food security crisis and help boost efforts to achieve Zero Hunger and end malnutrition (SDG 2). It will galvanise support for lasting solutions that turn the tide and prevent famine, wider food insecurity and malnutrition. Seeking to shift the dial on progress across four action pillars, it will shine a particular spotlight on UK-funded cutting-edge science and innovation. The Summit will showcase practical action achieving real, lasting improvements in people’s lives, delivered by UK expertise, partnerships and science.
UK Global Food Security Summit Zoom Webinars
During the UK Global Food Security Summit you will be able to watch both the morning and afternoon plenaries, and any of the four breakout sessions, via the Zoom links on UK Global Food Security Summit.
07:30 – Arrivals
09:00 – 10:00 Plenary: Opening Session
The UK Prime Minister the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak will open the event and launch the International Development White Paper. He will then invite the event partners: the President of Somalia HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment HE Mariam Almheiri and the founder of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation Sir Chris Hohn to deliver opening remarks.
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:20 Breakout Sessions (in parallel)
Session 1: Creating new approaches to ending preventable deaths of children.
The Chairs, the UK Minister for Development the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell and UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell will provide opening remarks and lead a discussion on:
- How do we shift the dial from treatment to prevention of malnutrition?
- What should we do differently to bring down the caseload and make lasting progress?
- How can we close the finance gap and optimise funding for greater impact?
Session 2: Harnessing science and technology for food security
Minister Andrew Griffith, Minister of State, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology will open the discussion on collaborative science and research partnerships that accelerate progress towards greater food security and nutrition. The UK Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific the Rt Hon Anne Marie Trevelyan will close. This discussion will focus on:
- What are examples of best practice in evidence and innovation for food and nutrition?
- Where should we look for next big opportunities to accelerate progress on hunger prevention? How can we make the most of the technological advances and innovations in genetic engineering, digital/AI and nature-based solutions?
- How can we deepen collaborative science partnerships to accelerate action?
12:20 – 13:40 Lunch
13:40 – 15:30 Breakout Sessions (in parallel)
Session 3: Anticipating and preventing famine and food security crises.
The UK Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and United Nations the Rt Hon Lord Ahmad will provide opening remarks and open a panel discussion focused on:
- What can we learn from, and what good practices can be adopted, to anticipate and act early to prevent food insecurity in conflict settings, while supporting resilience?
- How can access to climate adaptation finance & shock responsive social protection be improved to support anticipatory action and resilience building in states most at risk?
- How can we strengthen compliance with International Humanitarian Law in preventing hunger, how can UN SC Resolution 2417 on conflict & hunger be better implemented?
Session 4: Building a climate-resilient and sustainable food system.
Steve Barclay, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will provide closing remarks. In collaboration with the UAE COP28 Presidency, this discussion will focus on:
- What policy action and investments are countries and other actors taking to drive their transition to climate-resilient, sustainable agriculture and food systems?
- How do we build international commitment and effective partnerships for wider food systems transformation that delivers for people, planet and prosperity?
- How can we learn from ongoing initiatives that catalyse and leverage greater ambition and private sector investment for sustainable agriculture and food security?
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Plenary: Closing Session
The President of Global Growth at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Rodger Voorhies, Brazil Minister of Social Development HE Wellington Dias and the UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell will deliver closing remarks. The UK Foreign Secretary the Rt Hon David Cameron will close the event.
17:00 – 19:00 Reception
On the day of the Summit (Monday 20th November) you cann join the Zoom Room of your choice on UK Global Food Security Summit.