Director-General  QU Dongyu
A statement by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu

High-level Dialogue on Energy 2021

 Video Message


 Dr QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General 

24 September 2021



Ladies and Gentlemen

1.         Energy is crucial to our agri-food systems.

2.         But the current use of energy needs to be significantly improved.

3.         First –fossil fuels - which causes greenhouse gas emissions are not sustainable.

4.         Second – energy is lacking in many agri-food systems in developing countries, causing food and income losses for farmers and other agri-food sectors.

5.         We need better access to sustainable energy along the entire agri-food chain through better energy efficiency and better use of renewable energy.

6.         We need to be energy-smart and innovative for clean-energy and zero-emission solutions.

7.         This is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG7 for universal access to clean energy, and SDG2 for a free hunger world.

8.         And for better production, better nutrition, better environment and better life, leaving no one behind.

9.         This year provides key opportunities to ensure that high-level discussions on energy take place: starting with this High Level Dialogue; going forward with the implementation of the outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit held yesterday; the Biodiversity COP 15 next month; and the Climate Change COP26 in November.

10.       Now is the time to transform our agri-food systems to make them more efficient,, inclusive, sustainable and resilient.

11.       Together, let’s join efforts for a clean energy transition across agri-food systems for People, Planet and Prosperity.

12.       Thank you