CALS alumnus appointed to the UN Scientific Group, Convention of the Food Systems Summit 2021

Dr. Aman Wirakartakusumah, Ph.D. Food Science 1981, was selected to participate in the UN Scientific Group for the Convention of the Food Systems Summit 2021. Dr. Wirakartakusmah is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Technology and Senior Scientist at SEAFAST Center, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia. He was formerly the Indonesian Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, France (2004-08), and president of Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention 6th Session in 2011, Bali, Indonesia. He chaired the Board of National Educational Standard of Indonesia (2011-13). He has served on the UW–Madison International Studies Advisory Board since 2003 and was president of the Indonesia Badger WAA chapter (1998-2000). Dr. Wirakartakusmuah received the WAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.

The Food Systems Summit in 2021, a critical contribution to the Decade of Action to deliver the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will raise global awareness to understand the food systems challenges we must solve, build a global conversation on the way in which we produce, process, and consume food, and galvanize global actions and commitments to change our food systems to provide safe, nutritious food for all.

To create a truly catalytic moment, the inclusive Summit process led by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Dr Agnes Kalibata, will be informed by all-of-society conversations to extract the best evidence, ideas, initiatives and alliances from around the world. It also builds on the many existing global events, agreements, collaborations, and platforms such as the Committee on World Food Security that are already supporting the transformation of our food systems.

To facilitate this process and its success, the UN Secretary-General is forming a number of support structures. A multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee will provide strategic guidance and feedback on the Summit’s overall development and implementation. The independent Scientific Group, which Dr. Wirakartakusmah will take part in, will bring to bear the foremost scientific evidence, and help the base of shared knowledge about experiences, approaches, and tools for driving sustainable food systems.