Global Summit Dialogue: Empowering cities and local governments to improve food systems globally

Global Summit Dialogue: Empowering cities and local governments to improve food systems globally

On Monday 28 June, the Global Dialogue - Empowering Cities and Local Governments to improve food systems globally  will be held. This Dialogue is co-convened by GAIN, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments and the Food Systems Summit Secretariat.   

This Dialogue will be held virtually from 14.30 (CEST) and it is part of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 process.  Within the Summit, Dialogues are a core component of the engagement process, and they offer a dynamic way for a diverse range of stakeholders to explore their role in food systems and how they can unite around transformative actions in support of sustainable development.   

The 28 June event aims to promote significant actions and commitments towards sustainable urban food systems transformation, through the exchange of perspectives of local governments representatives and various urban food systems stakeholders.   

The First Objective of the Dialogue is to share the results of consultations and independent dialogues at city level that have between April and June 2021.  The main takeaways from those city-led dialogues will be brought to the attention of the decision makers for further discussion and integration into the FSS process including Pre-Summit and Summit Event.  

The Second Objective is also to unpack bottlenecks and facilitate an evolution of solution clusters that are relevant to, and implementable by, the stakeholders of urban food systems.  

The plenary part of the Dialogue is open to public and will be streamed live on Also, a Registration Link (optional) is open for people who wants to follow the meeting through the Zoom Platform (using the Chat functions for questions and comments). 

More Details on the Agenda and the Programme can be found below.


  • Jamie Morrison, Director, Food Systems and Food Safety Division, FAO 
  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN 
  • Souad Abderrahim, Mayor of Tunis, Tunisia 
  • Manuel Alculete Lopes de Araújo, Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique 
  • Alexandre Kalil, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil (tbc) 
  • Jane Battersby, University of Cape Town 
  • Representative from Italian National Government (tbc) 
  • Melana Roberts, National Food Policy Council, Canada