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Independent Dialogue “Different Courses, One Goal” supported the UN Food Systems Summit

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On May 18, 2021, the World Trade Center hosted the Independent Dialogue “Different Courses, Common Purpose” in support of the UN Food Systems Summit to be held in November 2021.

The event was organized by the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.

The future UN Summit calls on all mankind to work together to change the world's patterns of food production and consumption, as well as attitudes towards them. This is a "solutions summit" that encourages everyone to take action to change the world's food system to be more efficient and sustainable for everyone on Earth.

The upcoming Summit will bring together the most notable players from the worlds of science, business, politics, health and education , as well as farmers, representatives of indigenous peoples, youth organizations, consumer groups, eco-activists and other interested parties.

The independent dialogue "Different courses - a common goal" was opened by the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrey Belyaninov, urging participants to follow the UN Principles of Engagement.

“The success of the 2021 Food Systems Summit depends on the active participation of representatives of a wide variety of actors, organizations, movements and initiatives. The independent dialogue in support of the Summit, organized by the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, is an open platform for finding solutions to real problems, commented Belyaninov. - Listen to each other, explore both synergies and divergences, cooperate to identify promising areas of action, welcoming different points of view, forging new connections.”

The holding of the dialogue was welcomed by the Deputy Secretary General of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization)< b>J. Saidamir, Chargé d'Affaires of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the Russian Federation Nguyen Quynh Mai.

Office of Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for issues of the UN Food Systems Summit, sent a video greeting to the participants of the Independent Dialogue.

48 participants of the Independent Dialogue from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, USA, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Africa, Malawi, Tunisia, Benin discussed a number of hot topics , which caused a lively discussion.

Thus, the economist Mikhail Khazin raised a topic that then ran like a red line through many speeches of the participants, namely: the development paradigm that has been operating in the world since the end In the 80s of the last century, the “Model of constant market expansion” has largely outlived its usefulness.

In their speeches, the participants in the dialogue constantly referred to the need to revise the existing standards of interaction, whose shortcomings were especially acute during the period of lockdowns, communication data on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this regard, the dialogue participants not only raised a number of problems, but also proposed important and diverse solutions to the challenges.

Dr Richard Gilmour, Chairman of the Global Forum on Food Safety, outlined the key strategic challenges for food safety in the post-pandemic world, such as:

  • managing the surge in food demand without compromising confidence consumers;
  • minimizing the possibility of a spike in food and feed recalls;
  • rebuilding supply chains, monitoring food safety and compliance;
  • using new technologies in the food segment (artificial intelligence) to protect human health;
  • diversification of countries' trade policies by expanding the range of products, as well as increasing the number of sales models.

“We need a holistic approach that involves a cultural shift with public and private sector recognition of the need for joint risk prevention and mitigation strategies,” concluded Dr. Gilmour. “Then we could look forward to the New Normal.”

The African colleagues who took part in the dialogue repeatedly pointed out the need for integration in a variety of areas. In this they were supported by the Member of the Board - Minister for Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey Glazyev, who, in particular, said that in the context of food security, African countries are one of the most important partners of Russia.

The signed Memorandum of Cooperation between the EEC and the Union of African States made it possible to begin work on a plan of measures to develop integration processes. The potential of Russia in this direction was presented by the Chairman of the RF CCI Committee for the Development of the Agro-Industrial Complex, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Peter Chekmarev, saying that 100 million hectares of arable land are cultivated in Russia from the reserves available for the future.
< br> One of the main topics of the dialogue was the preservation of humanitarian values, inextricably linked with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Alexander Chuchalin, Vice-President of the UNESCO International Committee on Bioethics, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Russian National Committee on Bioethics and the RAS Commission on Scientific Ethics, stressed that the 21st century is the century of human vulnerability. In this regard, the academician outlined the need to find ethical solutions when launching any programs and initiatives.

This topic was developed taking into account the experience of Vietnam by the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Chairman of the Union of Friendship Societies of Vietnam Nguyen Phuong Nga, who spoke about the system of social organizations in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, working in the field of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 “These organizations, built by people and for people,” Nguyen Phuong Nga emphasized, “have an organizational system from the central to the local levels, penetrate deeply into the masses and provide assistance in all aspects of production, consumption, as well as the protection of the environment.”

The summary conclusion of Goodwill Ambassador Alexandra Ochirova brought together different opinions and was accepted by all participants.

“I believe that food security is one of the most important issues on the global sustainable development agenda and concerns everyone without exception, countries and peoples, every person living on earth,” Alexandra Ochirova concluded.

According to the Goodwill Ambassador, the global threats of hunger, poverty and disease that exist today in many countries, on the one hand, and the vulnerability of methods production and consumption of food in the world, on the other hand, as well as the imperfect functioning of food systems, limited natural resources and other environmental problems require new protocols for interaction between all spheres of human activity.

Cooperation between states, peoples and public organizations is necessary to reform the existing national and world food systems in order to remove the existing threats to education, health and the economy, to the human rights of his life and health, to peace and security around the world.

Practical solutions for all systemic changes in this area, should proceed from the possibility of safe and sustainable development of man and society, the preservation of peoples and all mankind. These decisions must be moral and responsible.

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