This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Please note all attendees will need a Zoom account to access the webinar. A free account can be set up when registering for the event.
Admission Price: This event is free to attend. Please register to book your place.
Speaker: Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
In this seminar, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, will lay out the emerging vision for how the Food Systems Summit can empower people to leverage food systems as accelerators of progress to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit, Dr. Kalibata spent 2020 working with UN leadership, Member States, and stakeholders around the world to set the vision and preparatory process for this “People’s Summit” and “Solutions Summit”. She will share the latest progress, as well as reflect on what she identifies as the critical needs in 2021 in order to deliver on the Summit’s promise.
As the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Dr. Kalibata works with the United Nations system and key partners to provide leadership, guidance, and strategic direction towards the 2021 Food Systems Summit. Since 2014, she has also served as President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014 and has held several other leadership positions, including Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda. Dr. Kalibata also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Uganda, and various other agricultural development organizations. She sits on various boards, councils and commissions including the Global Commission on Adaptation, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the Global Panel for Agriculture & Food Systems for Nutrition, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, and Africa Risk Capacity, among others.
Dr. Kalibata has a distinguished track record as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader. She was awarded the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liège in 2018, an Honorary Doctorate from McGill University in 2019, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal in April, 2019. Dr. Kalibata holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The talk will be followed by an online Q&A session.