A key event to discuss sustainable food.


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

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

How food systems and nutrition patterns will 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 of all?

The International Forum on Food and Nutrition, which will be held on September 28, 2018 at the Convene, 117 W 46th Street in New York City, USA is the global ideal platform to promote a dramatic change in the mindset of all stakeholders in a coordinated, unified manner.

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

International Forum on Food and Nutrition
International Forum on Food and Nutrition

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

The conference will be organized in three sessions. The first one will be dedicated to understanding the key issues in order to find solutions for sustainable food systems and to discuss around the global nutrition crisis. The three food paradoxes represent a key 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 resource among people, animals and cars and food loss and food waste.

The second session will explore the key role agriculture, nutrition and food plays now and in the future, as an opportunity to frame the global phenomenon of migration, and specifically in the Mediterranean region, in order to develop sustainable food systems and promote rural development.

The third session will be dedicated to the concrete solutions, from a global to a local perspective, towards sustainable urban food systems to promote concrete engagement and inspire the debate.

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Aline Cardoso
Secretary of Economic Development, Municipality of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ambassador Mariangela Zappia
Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN
Angelo Riccaboni
Full Professor of Business Administration, University of Siena
Barbara Buchner
Executive Director, Climate Finance - Climate Policy Initiative
Dariush Mozaffarian
Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition and Medicine / Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
David Katz
Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center. Founder & President, True Health Initiative
George Steinmetz
Gerda Verburg
Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement - Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations (UN)
Giorgio Marrapodi
Director General for Cooperation and Development, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Guido Schmidt-Traub
Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Gunhild Stordalen
Founder and Executive Chair, EAT
H.E. Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo
Bishop Chancellor, Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences
Jeffrey Sachs
University Professor, Columbia University; Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals
Leo Abruzzese
Senior Global Director of Public Policy, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Linda Veldhuizen
SDSN Network Coordinator, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Lindsey Lusher Shute
Executive Director & Co-Founder, National Young Farmers Coalition
Lucio Caracciolo
President and Head of Geopolitics, Macrogeo
Maria Helena Semedo
Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO
Mark Watts
Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Paolo Barilla
Vice-Chairman, Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation
Paul Newnham
Coordinator, SDG2 Advocacy Hub
Rajeev Patel
Research Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Robert Lustig
Emeritus Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, University of California, San Francisco
Roberto Ridolfi
Special Adviser on Strategy and Financing Development, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – Rome
Ruth Richardson
Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GAFF)
Sandro Demaio
Shauna Downs
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Policy, Rutgers School of Public Health
Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Walter Willett
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Alex Thomson
Chief Correspondent, Channel 4 News
International Forum on Food and Nutrition

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