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Register to the UN Food System Pre-summit Affiliated Session - The White/Wiphala Paper on Indigenous Peoples’ food systems: Collective evidence gathered by Indigenous Peoples to contribute to the UN Food Systems Summit.

The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit will set the stage for the culminating global event in September by bringing together diverse actors from around the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs

23/07/2021 - 


In partnership with the Government of Italy, the Pre-Summit will take place in Rome from 26–28 July 2021. 


It is important to ensure the Indigenous Peoples’ food systems are well placed to contribute to global debates on sustainable food systems and must be considered key allies for the UN Food Systems Summit. This is why, Indigenous Peoples’ with the support of FAO, are adamant in having a great presence in the upcoming summit; Indigenous Peoples food systems do provide game-changing solutions.


FAO, the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems are organizing a UN Food Systems affiliated session during the Pre-summit.  The White/Wiphala Paper on Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, written to inform the global debate about the transformation of current food systems to make them sustainable and resilience, advocates those lessons can be learnt from Indigenous Peoples’ approach to food, which will contribute to the resilience and sustainability of food systems worldwide, as well as supporting the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples.  


The parallel event will provide evidence on the sustainability of Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, including the ways in which they have proven resilient over time. 




REGISTER HERE: https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrf-CvqjkoHdcWkztKtKgc4-fUPoCpWwFv 



Draft agenda below: 




  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, M´bororo people. Member Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues, 2021. UN Food Systems Champion.
  • Jessica Vega Ortega, Mixteco People. Co-chair of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, 2021 UN Food Systems Champion


Opening remarks:

13:35 – 13:50 

·       Video message: H.E. Epsy Campbell Barr, First Vice-President of Costa Rica 

  • Anne Nuorgam, Chair, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Juan Lucas RestrepoDirector General, Alliance of Bioversity International and the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Joachim von Braun, Director of The Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Chair of the UN Food Systems Summit Scientific Group 
  •  Aili Keskitalo President, Saami Parliament in Norway



Evidence from the White/Wiphala paper on Indigenous Peoples’ food systems and their sustainability and resilience:

13:50 – 14:05

  • Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa, Chief, Indigenous Peoples Unit, FAO 
  • Gam Shimray, Tangkhul Naga people. Secretary General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Member of the Global-Hub




  • Hallbars award on sustainability:  Prominent elements of sustainability in the Wiphala Paper and in the Indigenous Peoples Food Systems Publication “Indigenous Peoples’ food systems: Insights on sustainability and resilience from the frontline of climate change”. 


Way forward:

14:10 – 14:20 

  • Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO
  •  Lola García Alix, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
  •  Tania Martinez Cruz, Ayuukjä'äy people, member of the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems, Greenwich University