Fixing the business of food. The Food Industry and the SDG Challenge.

Fixing the business of food

Sustainable Development Solution Network
Barilla Foundation


Rappresentanza Permanente d'Italia ONU - New York

Fixing the business of food

The Food Industry and the SDG Challenge

The event organized in cooperation with Permanent Mission of Italy UN - New York, will be held on September 24, 2019 from 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. at Warwick Hotel in New York, on the occasion of the Opening Session of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations.

This year, the SDG Summit under the auspices of the General Assembly will assess the progress made so far in the adoption of Agenda 2030, providing guidance and guidelines to accelerate the implementation of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), and the Santa Chiara Lab - University of Siena (SCL), are joining forces to accelerate progress towards the sustainable development of the agro-food sector.

Fixing the business of food

A report on sustainable business practices in the food sector will be launched at this event, showcasing best practices and recommendations in four areas:

  • promoting and developing healthy and sustainable diets;
  • identifying sustainable ways to produce food;
  • developing sustainable food supply chains;
  • being a good corporate citizen.

We are convening institutional representative, experts, academics, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders will discuss in order to raise awareness on main challenges, opportunities and responsibilities for the food sector and identify effective sustainability pathways towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

The event will be live streamed.

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Fixing the business of food


4.00 p.m. – 4.20 p.m.

Institutional remarks

Emanuela Claudia Del Re, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Representative of the European Commission
Qu Dongyu, Director-General FAO

4.20 p.m. – 4.40 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Guido Barilla, Chairman, Barilla Foundation
Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Columbia University; Director, SDSN; Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the SDGs

4.40 – 4.50 p.m.

Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

Jeremy Oppenheim, Senior Managing Partner at SYSTEMIQ

4.50 – 5.10 p.m.

The role of business to achieve the SDGs

Angelo Riccaboni, Full Professor Of Business Administration, University of Siena; Chair, Prima Foundation

5.10 p.m. – 5.50 p.m.


Diane Holdorf, Managing Director and Senior Management Team, Food & Nature, WBCSD
Charlotte Ersboll, Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact
Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)
Ben Valk, Lead Food & Agri Partnerships, Rabo Partnerships

5.50 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Jeffrey Sachs University Professor, Columbia University; Director, SDSN; Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the SDGs

6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Networking and refreshments

Moderator: Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, SUN Movement

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