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Transforming food systems a ‘silver lining’ in COVID crisis says UN deputy chief

A sustainable and prosperous planet can only be achieved through collaboration and in solidarity, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed has said.

Mohammed said this at a press conference to close the Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome, Italy on Wednesday.

“This meeting has shown us that there’s a silver lining to this COVID crisis: Food systems are a priority area for transformative investments that can lead the transitions that we need to make.

“Only by working together – as one people, in solidarity – can we have a sustainable and prosperous planet for all,” she said.

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed

The Rome gathering paved the path to the UN Food Systems Summit in September, where countries will underline the need to transform how the world produces, consumes and thinks about food.

It is part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to deliver a more just future for all people and the planet by 2030.

The Pre-Summit has provided fertile ground for a strong outcome in September, the UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Mohammed as saying.

“We are united in our belief that within food systems lies the potential to achieve all of the goals for people, planet, and prosperity. There is tremendous energy behind this belief.

“There is recognition that our challenges are urgent and must be addressed at scale.  There is also an incredible desire to break down the silos that exist between government Ministries, thematic sectors and communities,” she said.

In her remarks to the closing plenary, the UN deputy chief described the summit process as “a reason of hope” during the pandemic, noting that even as the crisis kept people physically apart, the process brought them together.

“The Pre-Summit has shown me that we can deliver on the right to food while securing the future of our planet.

“Just as food brings us together as cultures and communities, it can also bring us together around solutions,” she said. (NAN)

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