past event July 24, 2023

ECAM Council Summit
Rome 2023

The 4th ECAM Summit was organised as a sideline event to coincide with the Coordination Hub of the UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment in Rome. This key calendar appointment discussed the challenges and opportunities in the fields of healthcare and food safety in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; particularly relevant, in light of the exceptionally disrupted international context we are living in.
The Summit covered leading topics in the form of institutional keynote speeches and panel discussions including:

  • The role of multilateralism to guarantee long-lasting peace and cooperation
  • The role of the “Global South” in the international scenario
  • New models of multilateral cooperation to make the international community more resilient to future systemic shocks
  • Global health and population and the interaction of demographic changes with socio-economic growth
  • Climate change, GVCs’ disruptions, and poor investment as causes of an increasing food insecurity at a global level
  • PPP schemes to ensure more investment in agricultural R&D as a solution to fight climate fallouts and enhance the productivity in critical regions
  • Catalysing public support to scale-up private investment and reduce the systemic risks for private players in agri-business and healthcare

The event also presented the most significant initiatives promoted and developed by ECAM in selected countries such as Iraq and Tunisia, that included training programmes and scholarships for young talent in the field of healthcare and agriculture. Projects that were set up and funded by ECAM.

Kamel Ghribi

Driving Change Today for a Prosperous Planet Tomorrow

Strengthening Africa's food system is essential. Trade disruption caused by global shocks such as war and climate change will create yet more food dependency and hunger in Africa. Current food aid policies are not resolving the problem. The 4th ECAM Council Summit discussed food security and the necessity for increased domestic production and opened a discussion on the changes necessary today for a prosperous planet tomorrow.

Rome, The St. Regis

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This year’s ECAM annual Summit – organised on the margins of the United Nations Food summit – brought together 200 leading figures from the political, diplomatic, business, scientific and academic world of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and benefited from the contribution of a select group of heads of state, government ministers, heads of multilateral agencies and other influential individuals.


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