Following the 2021 Food Systems Summit, the UN Secretary General has committed to convene “a global stock-taking meeting every two years to review progress in implementing the outcomes of this process and its contributions to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda”. The first of the global Food Systems Stock-Taking Moments will be organized in July 2023 in Rome, Italy.
As part of the preparations for the Stocktaking Moment, the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub and ESCAP, with contribution from other UN Agencies including FAO, UNEP, WFP, and Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, among others, convened an Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting on 30 March 2023 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, organized on the margins of the APFSD. The Meeting brought together National Convenors from Asia and the Pacific, UN Resident Coordinators and members of UN Country Teams, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss national and regional progress on food system transformations including the identification of best practices, bottlenecks, and capacity needs.
The Regional meeting served as a platform for the sharing of experiences, good practices, and lessons learned in National Convenors’ efforts to follow-up to the Summit including through the operationalization and implementation of their National Pathways. In addition, participants identified best practices and priority actions in transforming food systems to ensure they (1) nourish all people; (2) boost nature-based solutions; (3) advance equitable livelihoods, decent work and empowered communities; and (4) build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses.
The key messages of the meeting are expected to serve as the collective regional input to the 2023 Stocktaking Moment.