Tajani meets UN Deputy Secretary Mohammed and announces: Rome food systems summit

Tajani meets UN Deputy Secretary Mohammed and announces: Rome food systems summit

The UN summit on food systems in Rome. Antonio Tajani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with the United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, this morning in Farnesina. Together they agreed to hold in Rome (July 24-26, 2023) the international summit on the follow-up to the Food Systems Summit, held in New York in 2021, whose pre-summit was held in Rome in the summer of 2021. state and government and ministers of the 193 member countries of the UN. “We are proud of it,” said Tajani.

The “UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment” event will be organized by Italy in collaboration with the agencies of the Roman agrifood pole (FAO, IFAD, WFP), the UN Food Systems Coordination Center and the wider United Nations system. The objective is to offer countries the opportunity to report on the progress made at the national level since the 2021 summit and their contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda, in a profoundly changed global context compared to two years ago. During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister also reiterated that United Nations-centric multilateralism is a cornerstone of Italian foreign policy and confirmed his support for the UN vision outlined in Secretary-General Guterres’ report “Our Common Agenda”.

By emphasizing Italy’s prominent role in the UN scenario, Tajani recalled that Italy is home to numerous UN agencies (in particular the Polo Agro-Food in Rome, which makes the city the third most important “hub” of the United Nations in the world, after New York and Geneva), is the seventh contributor to the UN budget and is the Western country that supplies the most Blue Helmets. The meeting also represented an opportunity to discuss the main international crises: among them, that of Afghanistan and the global effects of the war in Ukraine (energy crisis, financial instability and, above all, food security). The Deputy Prime Minister and the Deputy Secretary General focused in particular on the African crises (including the Sahel and the Horn of Africa) and the need for a global commitment to the continent’s sustainable development, also through innovative investments in agribusiness – food chain and in the education of young African generations. Italy, underlined Tajani, is immediately ready to play its part. In all cases, there was substantial agreement on the need for multilateral resolution of crises and the guarantee of humanitarian assistance to populations affected by emergency crises.

Source: IL Tempo