CFS 43 Side Event

Introducing “Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century” — Food for thought and a call to act

“Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st century” is a work of advocacy whose prime objective is not only to call readers to action, but to outline what action needs to be taken — and how this should be done — to achieve tangible outcomes and impact.

Thursday, October 20, 8:30am to 10:00am
Iraq Room (bldg A/B Floor 2, capacity 160)


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Theme and Context

Malnutrition has an impact far beyond its effect on the individual who suffers from an inadequate diet. This book helps pave the way towards practical solutions based on trusted science and robust programming, and aims at reaching the agenda of policymakers, donors, academics, private sector organizations and civil society, as well as of organizations dedicated to the nutrition space, to achieve tangible outcomes and impact.

CFS is making major advances in strengthening its role in nutrition. For many of its stakeholders this is a new area. Furthermore, nutrition per se is dynamic, with new discoveries and new players constantly changing the landscape. “Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century” may provide a key source of reference for CFS stakeholders seeking to learn more about nutrition from global experts, each of whom examines different aspects of the challenge of malnutrition or different components of the solutions. One of the books’ five sections is dedicated to “Sustainable Food Systems” and a special chapter puts the SGDs into practice, which is of particular relevance to the CFS in light of the upcoming High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) Report on Food Systems and Nutrition.

Summary

The Side Event presented the book “Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century”, followed by a panel discussion, dedicated to the important topics assessed in the book and open to the assembled audience. The event encouraged a dialogue between CFS stakeholders – specifically governments, UN agencies, civil society and private sector – dedicated to work related to food security and nutrition at global, national and regional levels. The event provided important input, not only to those already dedicated to working in the nutrition space, but also to stakeholders new to this area seeking to learn more about the challenges and solutions for nutrition, and what CFS’s role and their own might be working within multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The Side Event took the form of an interactive discussion panel. The panel was made up of representatives from different areas and disciplines relevant to food security and nutrition initiatives at global level, regional and country level.

Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director GAIN, opened the event with a keynote lecture, framing the event and explaining the necessity for the new publication based on his experience and learnings from the Global Nutrition Report. Subsequent to the keynote lecture, Manfred Eggersdorfer, Professor for Healthy Ageing at Groningen University and Vice President at DSM Nutrition Science & Advocacy, introduced the book, its objectives and key topics, setting the scene for the discussion panel. The panel was facilitated by Eileen Kennedy, Member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the CFS.

Participants of the Panel Discussion

Facilitator

Eileen Kennedy,
Member of the Steering Committee of the HLPE on Food Security and Nutrition of the CFS,
Facilitator

Keynote

Lawrence Haddad,
Executive Director GAIN,
Keynote

Introduction

Manfred Eggersdorfer,
University Medical Centre Groningen and DSM,
Introduction

Panellists

Klaus Kraemer,
Sight and Life Foundation,
Panellist

Hilal Elver,
UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food,
Panellist

Lauren Landis,
UN World Food Programme,
Panellist

Jessica Fanzo,
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health,
Panellist

John B. Codaro,
Global Food and Nutrition Business Advisor,
Panellist

Hinrich Thölken,
German Ambassador to Rome-based UN Agencies,
Panellist

Jonathan Steffen,
Jonathan Steffen Limited,
Panellist


Organizers of the Side Event

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Sight and Life Foundation

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DSM

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World Food Programme

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UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food

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SUN Business Network

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Member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the CFS

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Global Food and Nutrition Business Advisor