Expo Dubai 2020 Program for People and Planet: World Food Day


A global expo to explore call for solidarity in rethinking and reshaping food security and agri-food systems to ensure healthy lives and sustain people and the planet.

Date: Saturday, 16 October 2021

Time: All Day

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(Please note: This is a paid event.)

In this hybrid event, all sectors of society including policy makers, youth advocates, thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, governments, NGOs and the general public will galvanise efforts in transforming food systems and achieving a world without hunger. The main theme of the World Food Day campaign. 

Three events will comprise the International Day program for World Food Day 2021: a Specialist Closed Door Discussion, a Public Facing Flagship Event and Youth Circle Discussion. WorldFish’s Global Lead in Nutrition and Public Health Shakuntala Thilsted will join the sessions below:

14:00-16:50 (UTC+8) – Specialist Closed-Door Discussion

The discussions will be framed around the general question of how we ensure commitments made at the UN Food Systems Summit are delivered – from a multi-stakeholder perspective.

Important guests and keynote speakers:

  • H.E Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE Minister, Climate Change and Environment
  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy, UN Food System Summit
  • Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO
  • Shaktuntala Thilsted, Global Lead for Nutrition & Public Health, WorldFish & World Food Prize winner 2021 
  • Moderator: Gerda Verburg, UN Assistant Secretary General & Coordinator, SUN Movement

18:00-22:50 (UTC+8) – Public-Facing Flagship Event: Overview and Objectives

The discussions will center on food systems-based approach on the themes: better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Important guests and keynote speakers:

  • H.E Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, the UAE Minister of Climate Change and EnvironmenT
  • Abdulhakim Rajab Elwaer, FAO Assistant Director General/Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa
  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit
  • Shaktuntala Thilsted, World Food Prize winner 2021 and CGIAR Scientist
  • Moderator: Fatema AlMulla, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

Stay up to date with the latest information by following WorldFish and the hashtag #aquaticfoods to join the virtual dialogue on Twitter.

We look forward to your active participation.

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