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Incentivizing production of healthy and nutritious foods

On May 5th, 2020 the Private Sector Mechanism had the opportunity to virtually meet with the Food Systems Summit Special Envoy Madame Agnes Kalibata. Five members of the Mechanism were able to make statements on potential action pathways. 

Below you will see the address presented by Mr. Rocco Renaldi. Mr. Renaldi is the Secretary General of the International Food and Beverage Alliance. He took the opportunity to speak on incentivizing the production of healthy and nutritious foods. 

In June 2020 Lloyd's Register, in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact's Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business, released The Seaweed Manifesto. The document looks at the potential of the seaweed industry and examines the positive impact this growing area could have on the SDGs. You can read the full document here. 

On May 5th, 2020 the Private Sector Mechanism had the opportunity to virtually meet with the Food Systems Summit Special Envoy Madame Agnes Kalibata. Five members of the Mechanism were able to make statements on potential action pathways. 

Below you will see the address presented by Ms. Margaret Munene. Ms. Munene is part of the Global Dairy Platform and Managing Director of Palmhouse Dairy. She spoke on the Livelihoods and Supply Chain action pathway. 

On May 11th, 2020 the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) celebrated its 8th anniversary. The VGGT's are essential in achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2030. 

On May 5th the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) had the opportunity to take part in a conference call with Ms. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. 

Following the Open meeting to develop the policy guidance on January 24th the PSM made comments on all the five recommendations in the Rapporteur’s draft. The CFS Secretariat has now issued the zero draft of the policy guidance.

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture took place in Berlin from January 16 - 18. This is an international conference that focuses on agri-food policy issues with this years theme being "Food for All! Trade for Secure, Diverse and Sustainable Nutrition." There was approximately 2000 international visitors from a variety of sectors including politics, industry, science and civil society. 

Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced last month that Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda will be the Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. In this role Ms. Kalibata will be providing leadership and strategic direction as well as act as the liaison between the United Nations system and key partners for the Summit. You can read the full press release here.

This blog is based on closing remarks at the UN Committee on Food Security (CFS) side event “Partnering for Change: Multistakeholder Partnerships and CFS” organised by the Private Sector Mechanism, in Rome 17 October 2019.

Written by Herman Brouwer

Every year we hear more exiting examples of partnerships. The trend is that multistakeholder partnerships (MSPs) for the SDGs are still on the rise, in particular amongst private sector players. This is a welcome development. Ten years ago there still was a lot of skepticism about MSPs. At Wageningen University and Research we saw some interesting successes, but it took much convincing and selling to get people on board. Today MSPs are almost mainstream – that is progress.

The Glencore Agriculture Sustainability Report 2018 has now been published. This is Glencore Agriculture’s first independent sustainability report to be made publicly available. The report details their sustainability approach and strategy and gives highlights of their activities in Health, Safety, Environment and Community throughout 2018.

To view the report please visit: https://files.glencoreagriculture.com.au/sustainability_Report_2018/ 

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