Improving our agri-food systems is essential to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, in particular SDG 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17. Moreover, better food can have a positive impact on health and resilience towards infectious diseases. As part of the Decade of Action and in an effort to find sustainable and durable solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, the side event titled: “From Strategy to Action: Youth leadership in agri-food systems transformation and innovation for a better food future for everyone, everywhere” aims at giving global youth a platform to engage in a meaningful dialogue with member states, major groups (e.g. Major Group on Children and Youth), key stakeholders and the UN, proposing solutions to improve the current food systems and building back better. Investing in young people as an engine for development promises to be a highly sustainable approach and is expected to result in resilient, inclusive and equitable societies.
Taking stock of existing engagement efforts, including at the ECOSOC Youth Forum, and identified solutions for and by young people constitute the core of this high-level event, where the innovative and action-oriented solutions proposed by global youth will be presented to and discussed by decision makers, interest groups and underrepresented groups (e.g. indigenous youth). By focusing on transforming the current agri-food systems, the event will produce recommendations and youth-driven solutions for better food (SDGs 1, 2, 3, 17), better production (SDGs 8, 10, 12, 16, 17), better planet (SDG 13, 17), and ultimately better life.