Upcoming Program

Food and agriculture systems contribute to and are significantly impacted by climate change but, crucially, they are also an integral part of the solutions we urgently need. To keep global warming below 1.5°C by 2050, concerted action is required to transform key sectors, systems and financial flows worldwide.

Bringing together approximately 300 diverse changemakers, experts and leaders from local to global levels, the International Dialogue on the Climate Emergency and the Future of Food is dedicated to accelerating the actions, investments and policies needed to transform food systems. Climate-resilient food and agriculture systems that are healthy, sustainable and equitable can powerfully contribute to a 1.5°C world by 2050, but only if we act now, together. 

By invitation only


This unique three-day event will focus on collaboration, mixing thought-provoking presentations and curated conversations with knowledge exchange, informal interactions and practical group work. It will connect individuals, communities and networks across sectors, silos and generations. We will build momentum for strategic alignment on key global issues, leverage new and untapped opportunities, and move forward together – holistically and systemically – in this critical year for climate action. 

We will have deep-dive discussions around five hot topics – Nature-based Solutions, Just Transitions, Sustainable and Health Diets, Industrial Livestock Production and Food Loss and Waste – and participants will have a hands-on opportunity to identify and coalesce around priority levers of change. In turn, we will focus attention on three major milestone events taking place in the next 18 months.

Each of these events are springboards for transformation of different scales: 

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15: Kunming, China, October 2020)
    An opportunity to integrate food and agricultural systems into the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to advance nature-based regenerative approaches and shape national, regional and local implementation priorities. 
  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP26: Glasgow, UK, November 2020)
    An opportunity to weave the food-nutrition nexus into policy and targets, while strengthening policies and incentives for agriculture to drive carbon sequestration and emissions reduction.  
  • UN Food Systems Summit (Autumn 2021):
    An opportunity to embed cross-sector action for food systems transformation as a key contribution to the Decade of Action and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.  


This program will seek to develop the following:

  1. Shared Narrative
    Participants in the event will shape the creation of key messages that emphasize the imperative for food system transformation and reflect the shared direction of travel to achieve a 1.5°C world by 2050. These materials will be open-access, hosted on the Global Alliance for the Future of Food’s website and participants will be able to use them to complement and/or enhance their own future activities. 
  2. Shared Action Framework
    The event will generate a set of priority actions connected to specific Hot Topics and levers of change, which will be linked to specific policy milestones. It will frame the roles and responsibilities of food system actors, key allies, stakeholders and coalitions. The Shared Action Framework will be shared through the Global Alliance for the Future of Food’s website and participants in the International Dialogue will be encouraged to use and share it widely.
  3. Shared networks, relationships, and innovations
    The event will be a space to bridge divides between sectors, regions and generations, forging alliances for transformation. Participants will be able to identify shared priorities, opportunities for collective action and how to connect – taking inspiration from time-tested examples of evidence and change in action. Consideration will be given to creating a dedicated online platform for information about climate-food innovation and how to track progress.


The program will address the following questions:

  • How can we work together to develop shared priorities and strategic pathways for food systems transformation? 
  • How/when can we strategically and effectively contribute to the global discourse on food and climate emergency and advance systems change? 
  • Where are the greatest opportunities and challenges are for transitioning to more sustainable, equitable food systems in a climate changing world?
  • How can we better understand and communicate the implications of the interdependence of food, people, and the planet in a transition to more sustainable food systems?


This program will bring together 300 diverse changemakers, leaders and experts drawn from philanthropy, researchers, grassroots movements, the private sector, farmers and food systems workers, Indigenous Peoples, government and policymakers.


This three-day event will be held at the Salzburg Congress – one of the most remarkable congress venues in Europe. The program will be focused on collaboration with thought-provoking presentations, curated conversations, knowledge exchange, informal interactions and practical group work. 

Please see under the ADDITIONAL INFO tab for information about travel and accommodation, including the hotel booking form. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees for the International Dialogue on the Climate Emergency and the Future of Food: Transformation for a 1.5ºC World? 
Fees for the event, Climate Emergency and the Future of Food: Transformation for a 1.5ºC World, are covered by the event sponsor. You do not need to pay a fee to attend the event. 

Do I need to cover my travel costs to and from the event? 
Yes, you are responsible for covering the cost of your travel to and from Salzburg. Some participants will have their travel sponsored and will be informed of this in their invitation to attend. 

How do I arrange accommodation during the event? 
There are several accommodation options in Salzburg. 
To receive a special rate for your hotel, please book your room using the PDF form linked below by April 2, 2020

[Hotel Booking Form]

What time does the International Dialogue start and end?
The International Dialogue starts on May 4 at 12:30 and ends on May 6 at 18:00. Please arrive in time for the start of the dialogue.