Launch event of the Coalition of Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All

Andara Puchino

Launch event of the Coalition of Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All event flyer

Background

Health, nutrition and environmental sustainability need to be core, cross-cutting foundations of food systems transformation. During the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) of 2021 the call for action to deliver healthy diets from sustainable food
systems echoed through dialogues, social movements and national pathways. Formed as an outcome of the UNFSS, the Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (HDSFS) brings Member States, UN Agencies, Civil Society Organizations,
Academic Institutions and social movements together to deliver on this call. 

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

The workplan of the Coalition revolves around three key functions.

  1. Mobilise and coordinate existing expertise and stakeholders to align action across food systems for collective impact at the country-level.
  2. Facilitate peer-to-peer learning among countries. 
  3. Manage special projects on integrating 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, inspire current and new members of the Coalition and catalyze supportive action towards its vision. 

Objectives

  • To share the vision, collective expertise and actions of the HDSFS Coalition and thereby establish the Coalition as an impactful mechanism for coordinated action on healthy diets from sustainable food systems;  
  • To launch the Coalition’s 2022 work plan and present  the progress on different functions, added value and
    modalities of collaboration; 
  • To gauge interest of new Member States and others to engage with the HDSFS Coalition; and, 
  • To inspire supportive action towards the vision of the HDSFS Coalition at the country, regional and global level.

Agenda

Moderator – Abigail Perry, Director Nutrition, WFP

14:00

Opening remarks, Beth Bechdol, DDG, FAO 

14:10

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

14:11 – 14:15

Opening remarks, Frontrunner country

14:16 – 14:19

Coalition Video

14:20 – 14:30

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

14:31 – 14:45

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

14:45 – 14:48

Remarks from youth representative, Lana Weidgenant

14:48 – 14:52

Remarks from Coordinator Hub,Stefanos Fotiou

14:52 – 15:00

Next steps and closing – Brent Loken, Global Food Lead 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

https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/05/13/default-calendar/building-investment-cases-for-nutrition-interventions-rationale-and-experience

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