Food Security Ministers' Meeting media kit
APEC food security ministers will come together virtually on 19 August to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity and how the region can work together to build new resilience, productivity, and economic development.
According to the World Bank, nearly 2.37 billion people lacked access to adequate food in 2020 – a rise of 320 million in just one year. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to major disruptions to supply within both production and distribution networks.
Responding to these food security issues, and achieving strong support for delivering a new food security roadmap, will be important topics for discussion at the ministerial meeting.
This media kit provides background information and supporting media materials for the Food Security Ministers’ Meeting.
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Food Security Ministers’ Meeting media materials
After the Food Security Ministers’ Meeting, accredited media will receive:
- Post-meeting media release
- Ministers’ joint statement
- Food Security Towards 2030 Roadmap
- Chair’s opening remarks (video recording)
- Official Food Security Ministers’ Meeting family photo
- B-roll footage and images of the meeting under way
What happens at the Food Security Ministers’ Meeting?
The annual Food Security Ministers’ Meeting will take place on 19 August, 2021, bringing together the ministers responsible for food security from across the APEC region.
Food security has come under severe threat during the COVID-19 pandemic with major disruptions to both supply and demand. There has been significant impact on food workers and job and income losses more generally have created new vulnerability, with food becoming less affordable for many.
Against this backdrop, APEC ministers will come together to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity and how the region can work together to build new resilience into global supply chains.
As well as responding to the immediate impact of the crisis, ministers will consider long-term issues such as a growing populations, climate change, water security, food loss and waste, and the need to reduce the environmental impacts of production. The extent of the challenge is huge, but fora such as APEC are critical to unlocking the full potential of the Asia-Pacific in a well-functioning global food system.
This will be the second Food Security Ministerial Meeting since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ministers will look at how the region can work together to ensure food security, and agree support for a new Food Security Towards 2030 Roadmap to drive and coordinate efforts. The meeting is an opportunity for APEC economies to give a strong signal to the world that they are united in their pursuit of sufficient, safe, nutritious, accessible and affordable food for all.
Food Security Towards 2030 Roadmap
As host of APEC 2021, New Zealand has led the development of the new Food Security Towards 2030 Roadmap, which will help drive and coordinate efforts to strengthen food security across APEC economies for the next decade.
The Food Security Towards 2030 Roadmap will consider the long-term challenges that lie ahead and will identify actions and targets APEC economies can pursue together.
The roadmap will be a guiding document to ensure APEC economies work towards a common purpose of building a productive, sustainable and inclusive food production system, linking together the strands of production, processing, trade, and consumption.
The APEC region’s food systems must provide food security for all, while minimising the impact of food production on the environment and the climate. The roadmap will include policies that encourage digitalisation and innovation, boost productivity, increase inclusion and sustainability, and leverage public-private partnerships.
Harnessing digitalisation and innovation, in particular, offers a pathway forward. Digital solutions can support new production efficiency, speed up border processes for trade in food products, improve transparency in value chains, and help businesses – especially small and medium enterprises – access new markets.
The roadmap will build on existing APEC food security work. APEC economies participate in a variety of fora that contribute to food security, including the Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group, the High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology, and the Ocean and Fisheries Working Group.
Endorsing the new roadmap will be one of the key actions of the Food Security Ministers’ Meeting.
APEC 2021 policy priorities
New Zealand’s three policy priorities for APEC 2021 are shaped by the COVID-19 crisis and focused on bringing the region together to promote an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery.
There has been considerable progress made on these policy priorities this year, most significantly at the Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting where ministers agreed measures to improve the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and reduce harmful fossil fuels and fisheries subsidies.
The Food Security Ministers’ Meeting will provide an additional opportunity to deliver on these policy priorities through a specific focus on providing food security for all.
- Economic and trade policies to strengthen recovery
This priority focuses on APEC’s economic response to COVID-19. It is about encouraging trade and economic policies, including macro-economic and microeconomic responses that will help the region bounce back as quickly as possible.
For 30 years, APEC has stood for open trade and it is critically important that markets remain open, which is reflected in APEC’s renewed efforts to rebuild confidence in the multilateral trading system and the WTO this year.
Progress under New Zealand’s leadership has already seen APEC economies agree to speed the cross-border flow of vaccines; economic reforms to kick-start growth, create new jobs and help combat climate change; and agree a programme of work on sending a strong signal on our shared commitment to the WTO.
- Increasing inclusion and sustainability for recovery
This priority acknowledges the need for APEC’s long-term response to COVID-19 to be sustainable and inclusive of all people. It is about enhancing the participation of groups such as women and indigenous people in the economy, and ensuring their contributions are valued. It will also ensure the region’s recovery can be used to improve sustainability outcomes, including in the area of climate change.
Building from the Putrajaya Vision 2040, now is clearly the moment for APEC to design economic incentives that respond to the region’s environmental challenges. There is an opportunity for APEC to take its work on environmentally harmful subsidies further and also support the liberalisation of goods and services that support a sustainable recovery.
Progress under New Zealand’s leadership has already laid the groundwork for a voluntary standstill on fossil subsidies; a programme to update APEC’s List of Environmental Goods; and work to ensure the indigenous economy is of relevance to APEC.
- Pursuing innovation, and a digitally enabled recovery
The final priority focuses on accelerating APEC's work in support of the digital economy. The pandemic has dramatically accelerated digital transformation across trade, commerce, and the provision of public services, including healthcare services.
Just as APEC has successfully embraced virtual hosting, economies must come together to advance the Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap with a view to enhancing inclusion, driving the adoption of green technology and supporting a vital pathway to lifting regional economic growth.
Progress under New Zealand’s leadership already includes locking in digital and paperless customs procedures; agreement to explore initiatives that facilitate solutions to travelling under COVID-19 conditions; and agreement to progress the APEC Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap to promote inclusion and green technology.
Putrajaya Vision 2040: The implementation plan
With the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 agreed in 2020, APEC economies are now working towards a detailed plan of action to make the vision a reality. This plan will be a key document in setting APEC’s agenda for the next 20 years, including a monitoring mechanism.
The implementation plan will expand on the three economic drivers of growth agreed to by the region in the Putrajaya Vision: trade and investment; innovation and digitisation; strong, balanced, secure, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The implementation plan is APEC’s most important task for the year, and a core focus for New Zealand as host.
Putrajaya Vision 2040
At the APEC 2020 Leaders’ Meeting, hosted by Malaysia, APEC economies agreed the Putrajaya Vision 2040. It replaces the previous Bogor Goals, which guided APEC’s work up to 2020, and outlines a vision of an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community, for the prosperity of all people and future generations.
Supporting media materials
- APEC 2021 meeting calendar
- APEC CEO Summit 2021
- A virtual APEC 2021
- The theme of APEC 2021
- 5 things to watch out for at APEC
Official media releases
- PM Ardern chairs APEC Leaders’ meeting on COVID-19
- APEC trade ministers unite on COVID-19 vaccine steps and rejuvenating the WTO
- New Zealand to host hybrid CEO Summit
- APEC’s structural reform plan to boost resilience against future shocks
- APEC looks to partnerships to support business recovery
- Unlocking the potential of indigenous economies
- APEC strengthens fiscal and budget sustainability
- Senior officials expedite regional response to Covid-19
- Asia-Pacific business community’s call to action
- New Zealand confirms APEC host year priorities
- New Zealand’s APEC host year – Explainer about APEC and New Zealand’s host year
- Prime Minister Ardern’s post-Informal Leaders’ Retreat statement and media conference
- MRT Chair’s post-meeting comments, by Minister Damien O’Connor
- APEC 2021 in one page, a one-page overview of the importance of APEC and New Zealand’s host year.