G7 International Symposium on Food Security and Nutrition
October 20, 2016
1. On October 25 (Tuesday) and 26 (Wednesday), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organize “G7 International Symposium on Food Security and Nutrition” as a follow-up to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.
2. Today, hunger and malnutrition affect one in three people in the world. Various stakeholders including governments and civil society organizations are working in cooperation on this issue, and the private sector is utilizing business opportunities that enable social contribution.
3. This year, Japan led the discussions in this area as the G7 presidency and put forward the “G7 Vision for Action on Food Security and Nutrition” (PDF) at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. With the aim to achieve the ambitious target of “aiming to lift 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030” (PDF) set at the G7 Elmau Summit last year, the Vision identifies the priority areas for G7’s concrete, coordinated actions, namely: (1) empowering women within agriculture and food systems; (2) improving nutrition by a people-centered approach; and (3) ensuring sustainability and resilience within agriculture and food systems.
4. As a follow-up to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, this International Symposium intends to disseminate the discussions on food security and nutrition, by holding panel discussions regarding the G7 Vision for Action on Food Security and Nutrition. About 150 participants are expected to attend. The Symposium also aspires to be an opportunity to rally the efforts of various stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, the civil society and the private sector, thereby strengthening a momentum to accelerate global efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
5. The details of the Symposium are provided on the Ministry’s website.
(Note) Programme of the Symposium
*Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese/English) will be available.
- October 25
- October 26
9:30-9:35 Opening remarks by Mrs. Akie Abe, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan
9:35-9:41 Keynote speech 1: Results of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit and Japan’s vision
by Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
9:42-9:55 Keynote speech 2: Importance of enhancing food security and nutrition in the context of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
by Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, Assistant Director-General ad interim, Economic and Social Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
9:55-10:55 Panel discussions
Theme 1: Empowering women within agriculture and food systems
10:55-11:10 Coffee break)
11:10-11:50 Theme 1: Empowering women within agriculture and food systems
11:50-12:15 Theme 2: Improving nutrition by a people-centered approach
12:30-13:45 Lunch reception / Keynote speech by Ajinomoto
14:00-15:10 Theme 2: Improving nutrition by a people-centered approach
15:10-15:30 Coffee break)
15:30-16:50 Theme 3: Ensuring sustainability and resilience within agriculture and food systems
16:50-17:00 Summary of the day
9:30-10:50 Panel discussions
Theme 4: Better data for enhancing implementation
(10:55-11:10 Coffee break)
11:10-12:30 Theme 5: Towards more effective and sustainable resource mobilization
(12:30-14:00 Buffet Lunch)
14:00-15:20 Theme 6: Enhancing the accountability of all stakeholders
15:20-15:30 Closing remarks