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                 The UN Food Systems Coordination Hub (the Hub) con-  Systems Stocktaking Moment (STM) will take place in July
               vened a virtual dialogue between the Food Systems National  2023. Together with regional preparatory meetings this year,
               Conveners and the Director-General of the Food and Agricul-  this milestone event will provide opportunities to report on
               ture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu.  progress made at the national level since the UN Food Sys-
               Attended by over 200 participants, the dialogue welcomed  tems Summit in 2021.
               Ministers for Agriculture and high-level national officials.   The outcomes of the STM will be an important input to the
                 “We can turn the tide through the transformation to more  Sustainable Development Goals Summit in September 2023.
               efficient, more inclusive, more resilient, and more sustaina-  “The historic task we are facing is clear: defining a holistic,
               ble agrifood systems,” Qu told representatives from around   coordinated approach to transform our agrifood systems,”
               100 countries.                                    he highlighted.
                 The officials came together to share their efforts and ideas
               in planning and implementing their national pathways for   Nations committed
               agrifood systems transformation to reduce hunger, poverty,   At the dialogue, dozens of National Conveners and offi-
               and food loss and waste, protect biodiversity and tackle  cials responsible for leading the implementation of plans for
               climate change.                                   agrifood systems transformation described priorities and
                 “To achieve the ambitious, transformative changes re-  actions that are delivering on the commitments made at
               quired, we need to change policies, mindsets, and business   the 2021 UN Food Summit.
               models, and each of you must take the lead in this,” the FAO   They also outlined some of the challenges they face to
               DG underscored.                                   transform their agrifood systems, such as the impacts of
                                                                 conflicts and climate change as well as access to food and
               A fully functional support hub                    agriculture inputs. Moreover, the leaders highlighted the im-
                 One year ago, the United Nations established the UN Food  portance of linking agrifood systems policies to solutions
               Systems Coordination Hub, which is hosted by FAO on behalf  that help overcome the triple planetary challenges of climate
               of the UN System and supported by the International Fund  change, biodiversity loss and pollution.
               for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Health Or-  The FAO DG assured that the Hub will continue to sup-
               ganization(WHO), the World Food Program (WFP), the UN  port these critical links by creating added value through the
               Environmental Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations  Organization’s knowledge, information, and technical exper-
               Development Coordination Office (UNDCO).          tise, with the support of the UN Agencies, while avoiding
                  The Hub’s primary role is to support countries to devel-  duplication of work.
               op further and implement their national agrifood systems   Held during the annual UN General Assembly high-level
               transformation pathways.                          week in New York in 2021, the UN Food Systems Summit
                 “FAO, together with partners, and all relevant stakeholders,  closed with the tagline “From New York back to Rome”.
               is providing technical expertise and professional solutions   FAO is also using its flagship programmes – such as the
               to support these changes…and continues to lead efforts to  Hand-in-Hand Initiative, the Investment Forum and the 1000
               support national transformation plans in a time of unprec-  Digital Villages—as important mechanisms for accelerating
               edented challenges,” Qu explained.                the transformation of agrifood systems at the country level
                 The  Director-General  further  informed  that  the  Food  and mobilizing the required investment.

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