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Vatican organizes three webinars on safe food for all


The meetings, inspired by social doctrine, in view of the upcoming United Nations Summit on Food Systems in 2021, intend to privilege the voices of women, indigenous communities, people living in crisis situations, small farmers and others.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – To highlight how the Church, together with others, can contribute to the transformation of “food systems towards the care of our common home, the eradication of hunger, respect for human dignity and the service of the common good, in so that no one is left behind, ” three webinars are being promoted by the Vatican in view of the upcoming United Nations Summit on Food Systems in 2021.

The meetings, informs a Vatican note, are promoted by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD and WFP, the Dicastery for the service of integral human development and the Vatican Commission COVID- 19 together with partners working in the field of food safety.

Entitled “Food for life, food justice, food for all” and inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato si’, this webinar series will showcase how an integral ecology – a paradigm that considers the interconnections, among others, between social systems and ecosystems – can inspire the regeneration of food systems in the post-COVID future. It will highlight how Church and other actors can contribute to this transformation of food-systems towards the care for our common home, the eradication of hunger, the respect of human dignity and the service of the common good, so that no one is left behind.”

This three-part series, which will start during Laudato Si ‘Week (May 16-24), will focus on the voices of women, indigenous communities, people living in crisis situations, small farmers and others – in order to to learn from their experiences and traditional wisdom, and to inform global debates and action plans.

The first webinar, co-hosted by the Rome Forum, titled “Food for Life: The role of women in the promotion of integral human development”, (May 17th, 14.00-17.00hs CEST) will feature a dialogue about the unique role of women in development, with emphasis on how to support their leadership in shaping resilient food systems across the globe.

The second webinar, “Food Justice: Jobs, innovation, and finance at the service of food justice” (May 26th, 14.00-17.00hs CEST) will emphasize the importance of dignified work, finance and innovation in rebuilding sustainable food-systems, particularly in the post-COVID future.

The final webinar, co-hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and titled “Food for All: Food conflicts and the future of food systems”, (May 31st, 14.00-16.00hs CEST) will explore different responses to food conflicts, and how the Church can best contribute and collaborate to address hunger and food inequality around the world.

“Guided by the values of Catholic Social Teaching, the daily experience of local Church actors and the moral imperative to eliminate hunger, this webinar series aims to: i) listen and nurture dialogues within and beyond the Church; ii) connect best practices across the world that promote sustainable food systems and; iii) elevate traditionally excluded voices to inspire a call for food justice. The series will be completed before the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit gathering to be held in Rome (July 2021) and its outcomes will be shared as part of the Summit process to help guide individual and collective action towards a future of food that is sustainable, equitable and secure.”





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