The Importance of a Coalition for Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All in this the Decade of Action on Nutrition

About this event This is an accredited side-event of the Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021 and focusing on the

About this event

This is an accredited side-event of the Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021 and focusing on the Coalition for Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All, emerging from the UN Food Systems Summit. 

This engaging and dynamic session is moderated by Pierre Cooke, Prime Minister of the Barbados National Youth Parliament and Technical Advisor in the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. 

The high-level speakers will explore how the Coalition for Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for All through its proposed actions (e.g. shifting demands and behaviour, food environment interventions, nutrition-sensitive agriculture), can work with diverse food systems actors in support of national pathways for food system transformation while ensuring accountability for commitments made in support of the Sustainable Development Goals in this Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025). 

The side event features an engaging dialogue between H.E. Dr Lia Tadesse- Minister of Health, Ethiopia, Anders Nordstrom- Ambassador for Global Health at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Dr Gunhild Stordalen- Founder & Executive Chair, EAT, Prof. Corinna Hawkes- Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, Dr Naoko Yamamoto- Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization with closing remarks from Ms Gerda Verburg – SUN Global Coordinator and UN Assistant Secretary-General. 

There will be a Q&A section with audience (time permitting).

Background

The UN Food Systems Summit was the first global summit to specifically address healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable food systems and spur national-level food systems pathways. The UNFSS has put forward a large menu of potential game-changing solutions, sourced from stakeholders around the world, and a portfolio of relevant scientific papers including one on healthy diet. Also emerging from the UNFSS process is the Coalition for Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All, which aims to align, mobilize, and support impactful action by stakeholders across food systems.  
 
The Coalition is being co-created by GAIN, EAT, WWF, CARE, WHO, UNICEF, FAO, UNEP, and WFP; supported by SUN, UN Nutrition, CARE and Club of Rome; and the group of Member States who have expressed their interest and support. The Coalition welcomes the full range of entry points and actions towards one shared vision: A world where all people are eating healthy diets from sustainable food systems, to promote the growth and development of individuals, communities, and nations today and into the future, while addressing climate change and biodiversity loss. Becoming a member of this Coalition implies committing to action. Therefore, through this side event, we aim to bring in more countries and other stakeholders. We will also aim to explore how the Coalition for Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for All can work with diverse food systems sectors and actors in support of national pathways for food system transformation while ensuring accountability for commitments made in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. This aligns to the N4G Vision and Roadmap and the core focus of the N4G summit to build food systems that promote healthy diets and nutrition.