Background

Health, nutrition and environmental sustainability must be fundamental and cross-cutting foundations for the transformation of food systems. At the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), the call to action to deliver healthy diets from sustainable food systems echoed through dialogues, social movements and national pathways. . Formed out of the UNFSS, the Action Coalition for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (HDSFS) brings together Member States, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and social movements to respond to this call.

The Coalition will strive to act as a mechanism for coordinated action on healthy diets from sustainable food systems that offers countries the opportunity to share, learn and inform. It will encourage, sustain and gain momentum with multiple stakeholders on the issue, and enable all to inspire and be inspired.

the workplan of the Coalition revolves around three key functions.

  1. Mobilize and coordinate existing expertise and stakeholders to align action across food systems for collective impact at country level.
  2. Facilitate peer-to-peer learning between countries.
  3. Manage special projects on the integration of nutrition, health and sustainability through food, determined by country priorities

This official launch event aims to celebrate the formation of the Coalition and provide an update on its progress and future activities, to inspire current and new members of the Coalition and to catalyze action in support of its vision.

Goals

  • Share the vision, collective expertise and actions of the HDSFS Coalition and thereby establish the Coalition as an effective mechanism for coordinated action on healthy diets from sustainable food systems;
  • To launch the Coalition work plan 2022 and present the progress on the different functions, the added value and the methods of collaboration;
  • Assess the interest of new member states and others to engage with the HDSFS Coalition; and,
  • Inspire actions in support of the vision of the HDSFS Coalition at national, regional and global levels.

Agenda

Moderator – Abigail Perry, Nutrition Director, WFP

14:00

Opening speech, Beth Bechdol, DGA, FAO

14:10

Opening speech, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General, WHO

2:11 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Opening Speech, Leading Country

2:16 p.m. – 2:19 p.m.

Coalition Video

2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Corinna Hawkes, Center for Food Policy, City, University of London, representing the core team. Notes outlining the work plan and what the coalition will accomplish in the short and long term

2:31 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Remarks from 3 countries at the top of the list highlighting the action for 2022, the interest and the expected impact of the Coalition (4 minutes each)

2:45 p.m. – 2:48 p.m.

Remarks from Youth Representative Lana Weidgenant

14:48 – 14:52

Remarks from the Hub Coordinator, Stefanos Fotiou

2:52 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Next Steps and Closing – Brent Loken, Global Lead Food Scientist, WWF

Register

Register for the launch event here: https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9EPxqoYuSfmNCmjTJLPTJw

Or watch the live stream: https://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/5840/icode/

Interpretation: available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish