Razan Zuayter, President of the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty, and Mariam Al-Jaajaa, General Manager of the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature, met with the organizers of Action Track 5 on conflicts and crises at the Food Systems Summit (UN-FSS), which is supposed to be held in September of 2021 (July 16, 2021).
Zuayter and Al-Jaajaa provided an overview of the work of the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty and the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature, especially in the context of defending peoples' rights in Arab countries that are suffering from wars and conflicts. They advocated for Action Track 5 not to be marginalized. This is mainly since the group had led the global civil society in negotiations for three years to adopt a framework that seeks to support societies affected by crises such as wars and occupations and finally have it approved by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
They urged the attendees to listen to communities affected by these crises. They also demanded that representatives from these communities be present at the regulatory body for Action Track 5 of the Food Systems Summit (FSS). This issue is still missing from the agenda of the topics and priorities to be discussed at the summit.
The organizers were invited to attend The People's Track to Food Security, Genuine Development and Just Peace (a webinar on war, occupation, and sanctions) in July 2021. The webinar was organized in response to the marginalization of the affected people by the corporate-dominated UN Food System Summit (UN FSS).