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The impact of food systems and nutrition patterns on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

Convene, 117 W 46th Street, New York

The Impact of Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The global food system faces unprecedented challenges. Today, worldwide 815 million people are starving while 2.1 billion people are obese or overweight, 1/3 of global food production is wasted along the food chain from field to table, and a large proportion of crop and food production is funneled into animal feed and biofuels despite widespread hunger.

How will food systems and nutrition patterns affect and/or contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

How do we ensure healthy diets while protecting the planet and ensuring peace and prosperity for all?

The International Forum on Food and Nutrition, held on September 28, 2018 at the Convene, 117 W 46th Street in New York City, USA, was the ideal global platform for promoting a dramatic change in the mindset of all stakeholders through a coordinated, unified approach.

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Bringing together different stakeholders, from Governments to civil society organizations, research, science and the private sector, the BCFN Forum organized a series of interactive panels throughout the day to support the sharing of experiences and good practices, from a global to a local perspective.

The event was organized to coincide with the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) and was co-hosted by The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN Foundation), in collaboration with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).

The conference comprised three sessions. The first was dedicated to understanding the key issues to be considered in solutions for sustainable food systems, and to discussion of the global nutrition crisis. The three food paradoxes represent a crucial touchstone, because they bring together highly contrasting sets of data, clearly highlighting the inconsistencies entrenched in our food system: An obese planet dying of hunger; competition for natural resources among people, animals and cars, and food loss and food waste.

The second session explored the all-important role of agriculture, nutrition and food now and in the future, as central factors in the global phenomenon of migration, specifically in the Mediterranean region, underlining the need to develop sustainable food systems and promote rural development.

The third session was dedicated to real solutions, from a global to a local perspective, for the achievement of sustainable urban food systems, with the aim of promoting genuine engagement and inspiring the debate.

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