Date: 24 June 2021
Time: 13:00-14:30 CEST
The World Health Organization will host the Summit for Health: For a healthy and resilient future in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as a virtual event on 28-29 June 2021. The Summit will be an important opportunity to discuss SIDS food systems and encourage SIDS to engage in the Food Systems Summit. SIDS’ unique ecosystems hold rich potential to support healthy and sustainable diets thanks to their terrestrial and marine biodiversity. However, for many SIDS, the coexistence of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight and obesity, and diet-related noncommunicable diseases is evident at the population, community and even household level.
Young people have an important role in our food systems and can significantly act upon its success for a healthy and sustainable future. However, young people are often left out of the decision-making processes that affect them and their future, even though agriculture remains the dominant source of young people’s employment in low- and middle-income countries. Nevertheless, youth movements have a huge political impact across the globe, e.g., the school strike for climate. Food systems transformation for better planetary and people’s health needs a similar youth movement to shake up political will and hold decision makers accountable. The Act4Food Ac4Change is a global group of young people who are passionate about creating fairer, healthier and more sustainable food systems.
The year 2021 is a pivotal moment to turn this trend around as SIDS work to build forward from the wide-ranging consequences of COVID-19. The UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021, the 26th Climate Change Conference in November 2021 and the Nutrition for Growth Summits in December 2021, are critical opportunity for stepping up commitment to implement nourishing actions. Young people are the next generation’s powerful voice. Collective demand calling for our food systems to deliver healthy and sustainable diets should be heard in this nutrition year of action, at the mid-way point of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition.
- to offer a platform for young people from SIDS to share their lived food systems experiences in preparation of the SIDS Health meeting;
- to explore challenges and opportunities for SIDS young people to engage in making food system deliver healthy and sustainable diets; and
- to develop asks for the SIDS leaders and ensure they are included in the Health Summit.