CALL TO ACTION: Join the Fight for Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems

The Global People’s Summit (GPS) on Food Systems is a Global South-led counter-summit to the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS)  and its corporate agenda. Happening on September 21 to 23, the GPS will gather the broadest number of rural peoples, people’s organizations, CSOs, and advocates on-ground and online to develop a People’s Action Plan and draw up a Declaration for the radical transformation of the current food regimes towards just, equitable, healthy, and sustainable food systems. 

The three-day main event culminates all efforts and activities held since early this year to expose the neoliberal leverage in the UNFSS and to amplify the voices of the hungry and marginalized for food systems that work for us, for our people, and for our planet. 

CALL FOR VIDEOS

Opening of the Global People’s Summit (GPS) on Food Systems
September 21, 2021

We are calling for video contributions from organizations all over the world who are one with our cause in transforming our world to one without hunger, without trading off our rights and our planet, towards achieving just, equitable, healthy, and sustainable food systems. Submitted videos will be shown in the Summit Opening on September 21, 9 a.m. New York & La Paz / 3 p.m. Rome / 4 p.m. Nairobi & Amman / 9 p.m. Manila time. These will also be shared on our social media accounts (@OurFoodSystems on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) on September 23, which is our Global Day of Action for Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems. 

Guidelines:

  • The content of the video should answer the question “How do you envision & how to achieve a just, equitable, healthy, & sustainable food system?”
  • The content may be:
    • A short message (simple, clear, concise, and straight to the point) featuring a local leader;
    • A showcase of the organization’s successes/best practices in their campaigns or community efforts;
    • A presentation of actionable, pro-people, and pro-planet alternative/s to radically transform the food systems;
    • Or anything, as long as it responds to the question. Be creative!
  • The length of the video should preferably be three minutes long at most.
  • Please take note that videos to be shown on the Summit Opening may be trimmed if they exceed the prescribed time limit.
  • Videos can be in the local/preferred language, but please provide English subtitles/translation.
  • Shot in landscape, and 
  • Preferably saved in mp4 format.

We also highly encourage the submission of cultural presentations in video – songs, dance, spoken poetry, theater performance, etc. – as long as they are in line with our theme. The maximum length is three minutes. If it is in the local/preferred language, kindly provide an English summary of what the presentation is about.

Deadline for video submission is on September 18, 2021. You may send it to secretariat@foodsov.org or upload it to this drive.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Global Day of Action for Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems
September 23, 2021

On September 23, the virtual event of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), the GPS will spearhead a global protest against the corporate hijack of the UNFSS and the neoliberal solutions it peddles to co-opt the transformation of our food systems in the interest of corporate profit. 

The day will be headlined by the two-hour GPS Closing Plenary, also called the Speak Out for Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems, which will be held simultaneously with the UNFSS at 9 a.m. New York & La Paz / 3 p.m. Rome / 4 p.m. Nairobi & Amman / 9 p.m. Manila time. The Speak Out will present the policy recommendations and action plans drawn from the different events building up to the main event, as well as the Declaration for the radical transformation of our food systems.

We invite everyone to take part in the Global Day of Action. Here are the different ways to participate:

  • On-ground actions 

Join the rally at the UN Headquarters in New York, organized by the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS), International Women’s Alliance, and the International Migrants Alliance. 

Join/hold protest actions in front of UN and/or FAO offices in respective countries.

Organize  gatherings, discussions, food fairs, or other such activities that carry both local/national and global demands and feature how rural peoples push back against the current unjust, unequal, unhealthy, and unsustainable food systems.

Share to us the photos and videos of these actions so that we can feature in the Speak Out. Here are the campaign materials that you could use: https://bit.ly/GPSCampaignMaterials 

  • Social media rally 

Post photos (individual or groups selfies) holding placards with our calls, videos (short message in English or local language, chanting of our calls, or saying “Farmers, not corporations, feed the world. We are the people, and we are hungry for change!”), posters, statements, press releases, etc. to show our unity for just, equitable, healthy, and sustainable food systems. Use the hashtags #Hungry4Change and #OurFoodSystems and tag @OurFoodSystems on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so that we can share.

Access our placards: https://bit.ly/GPSPlacards 

  • Join the Speak Out for Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems (GPS Closing Plenary) and express your thoughts on social media while tuned in the program. Register here: https://bit.ly/GlobalPeoplesSummit 

PEASANT HEROES TRIBUTE

Let us pay tribute to all our peasant heroes, martyrs and trailblazers who inspire everyone to put the marginalized at the helm of agenda-setting in the radical transformation of our food systems.

Many of those who came before us – peasant and farmer leaders, community organizers, champions of food sovereignty, activists, rights defenders and forerunners of anti-imperialist control of food – paved the way for the victories in the food systems we now enjoy.

Amid the growing list of small food producers, leaders and advocates were arrested and imprisoned, extrajudicially killed, disappeared, criminalized and attacked, yet, more and more heroes continue to emerge and continue the fight.

Let us carry on their legacy by paying the highest tribute and recognition of their sacrifices. From our martyrs and the departed to the living and modern-day peasant heroes, let us celebrate their lives, chant their names, and draw lessons and inspirations.

We call on everyone to join in popularizing our peasant heroes, their stories and contributions for a just, equitable, healthy and sustainable food system. Let’s mobilize our organizations, communities and networks in our Peasant Heroes Tribute!

Call for submission:

  • Submit a high-resolution file photo of your peasant hero, preferably in jpeg or png format.
  • Include the following details:
    • Name;
    • Country/ territory;
    • Organization/ name of community;
    • For our martyrs/ departed, include the year of death;
    • Include a short description (100-150 words only) of his life, major works and contributions.
  • Deadline for submission: 18 September 2021
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