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About this Health talk

CO-ORGANIZED BY the World Health Organization, EAT, and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.

SUPPORTED BY the Centre for Science and Environment, CIAT Bioversity International, Compassion in World Farming, Health and Climate Network, Healthcare Without Harm, International Federation of Medical Students Association, International Labour Organization, Lagos Food Bank, Mexican National Institute of Public Health, NCD Alliance, PMNCH for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, SUN Movement, World Medical Association, World Obesity Federation, and 1000 Days. Session translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian.

Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic not only brought on healthcare and economic crises, it has also radically exacerbated the world’s ongoing food security, nutrition, and climate crises. At the same time, the outbreak is deeply connected to today’s fragile food systems that degrade the environment through unsustainable land-use. As broken food systems push human, animal, and planetary health to their limits, policymakers and public health professionals alike must change the discourse surrounding food systems and come together so that transformative change and health are put at the centre of the pandemic recovery agenda.

In this session, experts from across the health and food communities will explore how a new narrative about food systems can be used to stimulate action and drive decision-makers towards making commitments, from policies to investments, that deliver on better health outcomes for people, animals, and the planet. Following on the heels of the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly (24 May – 1 June), attendees of this event will gain a deeper understanding of intersection points across the health-food nexus, identifying where targeted, multi-stakeholder action could take place and create a multiplier effect across the Sustainable Development Goals.

Now, more than ever, a systemic narrative about food and health must be reflected in the language of intersecting and aligned global processes – such as the G7, G20, UNFSS, COP26, and Nutrition for Growth. Co-hosted by the World Health Organization, EAT, and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, the outcomes of this independent food systems dialogue will be documented and submitted formally as an input to the 2021 UNFSS later this year.

This event aims to:

  • Promote health and food systems resilience as critical to COVID-19 recovery.
  • Communicate why we need new food systems narratives centered around upholding human, ecological, and animal health (i.e., One Health) and why dominant narratives are undermining all three dimensions of health as well as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Catalyze support for an integrated, holistic approach to policy reform and coordinated action across food and health sectors, exploring opportunities for health and food system actors to work together for policy and practice reform.
  • Using case studies from around the world, showcase how government leaders, the health sector and other food system actors have designed policies and practices that have delivered better health and sustainability outcomes for all.

Resources

Executive Summary - Systems Delivering Better Health. A new narrative to guide policy and practice for better human, animal and ecosystem health and well-being.

About The Speakers

Say hello to your Speakers for this Health talk.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director General, World Health Organization

Dr Agnes Kalibata

Dr Agnes Kalibata

Special Envoy to the UN Food Systems Summit, United Nations

Dr Sania Nishtar

Dr Sania Nishtar

Senator/Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Government of Pakistan

Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder

Director General, International Labour Organization

Dr Francesco Branca

Dr Francesco Branca

Director, Nutrition and Food Safety, World Health Organization

Profr. Dame Sally Davies

Profr. Dame Sally Davies

UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, Government of United Kingdom

Marion Jansen

Marion Jansen

Director of the Trade and Agriculture, OECD

Johanna Ralston

Johanna Ralston

CEO, World Obesity Federation

Ruth Richardson

Ruth Richardson

Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Dr Gunhild Stordalen

Dr Gunhild Stordalen

Executive Chair and Founder, EAT

Gerda Verburg

Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition

Dr Darika Kingnate

Dr Darika Kingnate

Advisor, International Cooperation, and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of Disease Control Thailand MOPH

Philip Lymbery

Philip Lymbery

CEO, Compassion in World Farming

Juan Lucas Restrepo

Juan Lucas Restrepo

Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Dr Juan Ángel Rivera Dommarco

Dr Juan Ángel Rivera Dommarco

Director General, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico

Dr Rajeshwari Sinha

Dr Rajeshwari Sinha

Programme Manager, Food Safety and Toxins Programme, Centre for Science and Environment - India

Dr Heidi Stensmyren

Dr Heidi Stensmyren

President-elect, World Medical Association

Health pathways Covered


Unhealthy Diets and Food Insecurity

Zoonotic pathogens and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Environmental Contamination and Degradation

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