UNFSS: Transforming food systems with aquatic foods

30 April 2021.Transforming food systems with aquatic foods: Access to sustainable, safe and nutritious food for all
The events, co-hosted by the Norwegian leadership of the Global Action Network and WorldFish, aim to bridge the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Decade of Ocean Science to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the lead up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, the Global Action Network, Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition will hold a series of three Independent Dialogues in an effort to include aquatic foods as key solutions for food and nutrition security. The events, co-hosted by the Norwegian leadership of the Global Action Network and WorldFish, aim to bridge the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Decade of Ocean Science to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this first dialogue, experts and high-level representatives from research, policy and development will showcase possible solutions and discuss ways to scale good ideas as part of the summit’s Action Track 1, which aims to ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all. The panelists will take a holistic approach combining knowledge on different aspects of food systems and consider key actions needed for aquatic foods to be a central part of a sustainable food systems transformation.

  • Sir Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Norway- Opening remarks 
  • Prof Hettie Schönfeldt, Director, Centre of Excellence for Food Security, University of Pretoria
  • Merete Tandstad, Senior Program Coordinator of the EAF-Nansen Programme, FAO
  • Dr. Arun Padiyar, Project Manager, Sustainable Aquaculture, WorldFish, India
  • Dr António Marques, Project Coordinator, Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere

Connecting research and policy: How do we scale up good solutions

  • Prof Sissel Rogne, Managing Director (CEO), The Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
  • Lana Weidgenant, Vice Chair, Action Track 2: Shift to sustainable consumption patterns
  • Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director General for Universal Health Coverage; Chair, UN Nutrition
  • Dr. Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, FAO
  • Closing remarks: Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Chair, Action Track 1: Access to safe and nutritious food for all
  • Moderator: Kristian Teleki, Director, Head of Secretariat, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

This event will be opened and closed by Head of the Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Anita Utheim Iversen. She leads the Global Action Network’s efforts in facilitating the disseminating knowledge and experiences between Member States on effective policies and actions to ensure sustainable fishery and aquaculture practices.

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