As part of Ireland’s engagement with the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit 2021, a series of four ‘national dialogues’ on Ireland’s food system is set to take place over the coming weeks.
The virtual dialogues, hosted by the RDS, are designed to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders, from producers to consumers, to learn about their food system and contribute to its future sustainability.
According to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, this series of dialogues will discuss the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of Ireland’s food system, as well as the contribution Ireland can make to strengthening global food systems.
“The dialogues will be open to all and will focus on solutions – practical steps we can take to improve the sustainability, resilience and inclusivity of our food system over the coming decade and to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Minister McConalogue.
The first national dialogue to be held on April 21 will focus on Sustainable Food Systems and Ireland’s 2030 Agri-food Strategy, which will be published shortly in draft form as part of a public consultation on its environmental aspects. Further dialogues will be held on April 26, May 4, and May 17 and will focus on Health and Wellbeing of People and Society; Promoting an Inclusive Food System for the Future; and Aligning Domestic and Foreign Policy towards Sustainable Food Systems, respectively.
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