FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

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Regional Symposium: Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets in Europe and Central Asia

OPENING SPEECHES

Opening speech for the joint FAO/WHO conference on sustainable food systems for healthy diets in Europe and Central Asia

Opening speech of Vladimir Olegovich Rakhmanin
FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia

„Fenntartható élelmiszer-rendszerek az egészséges táplálkozásért Európában és Közép-Ázsiában” (in Hugarian)
Mr Róbert Zsigó - State Secretary responsible for Food Chain Control, Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary  

PLENARY ROUNDTABLE - ACHIEVING THE SDGS BY IMPROVING DIETS THROUGH TRANSFORMED FOOD SYSTEM

From Global Commitments to Local Impact
Keynote Address by Symposium Chair Stineke Oenema, Coordinator United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition

Revamping Food Systems and Diets in Europe and Central Asia: Implications for Nutrition, the SDGs and the Decade
Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Nutrition Officer, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO Rome, Italy

European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020
Dr Joao Breda, Head Office NCDs Prevention and Control, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Sustainable and healthy diets: Why and how behavioral nutrition policy can help?
Dr. Lucia Reisch, Professor for Consumer Behavior and Consumer Policy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Food systems for children’s nutrition
Dr Roland Kupka, Senior Nutrition Advisor UNICEF Global Nutrition Team, UNICEF Headquarters, New York

Unhealthy diets and the struggles of evidence-based policy: is the problem the policy, or the evidence?
Professor Mario Mazzocchi, University of Bologna, Department of Statistical Sciences, Bologna, Italy

COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY 

The work of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
H.E. Mario Arvelo, CFS Chair

Nutrition and Food systems - A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition
Professor Eileen Kennedy, HLPE Steering Committee Member

DATA AND EVIDENCE FOR MONITORING AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN NUTRITION AND FOOD SECURITY 

SDG Indicators for Monitoring Sustainable Food and Nutrition
Giorgi Kvinikadze, Statistician, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia 

Is SDG2 achievable? The Tajikistan case
Paolo Mattei, WFP Tajikistan,  Representative and Country Director 

NUTRITION-SENSITIVE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS

Health and agriculture collaboration in Finland to promote sustainable and healthy diets
Dr Sirpa Sarlio, Ministerial Advisor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Agriculture biodiversity and sustainable diets: Identifying interplays towards resilience of social-ecological systems and food security
Paolo Prosperi, PhD, Agricultural and Food Economics Department of Agriculture, University of Pisa, Italy

Seafood from aquaculture, fisheries and processing industry in the ocean of tomorrow
Antonio Marques, PhD, Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere, I.P. (IPMA), Portugal

Territorial approaches for sustainable food systems
Dr Florence Egal, Food Security and Nutrition Expert, France

Losses and inefficiencies in the global  food system
Dr Peter Alexander, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Israel Challenges against unhealthy foods, Obesity and NCD’s
Ronit Endevelt, Director of the Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health, Israel

Comprehensive characterization of the street food environment in cities from Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Dr Patrícia Padrão, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences and Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Portugal

Bleu-Blanc-Coeur: A large French experience for sustainable diet and food chain
Pierre Weill, Co-President, Bleu-Blanc-Coeur Association, France

Water conservation and Sustainable Food Systems in Israel
Elliot M Berry, Professor, Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Israel

Soil geochemical aspects of the nutrition-friendly agriculture in Central Asia
Dr Maria Konyushkova, Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), Russian Federation

FOOD DEMAND AND FOOD ENVIRONMENT

Food labelling and the promotion of healthy and sustainable diet
Mike Rayner, BA, DPhil Professor of Population Health, Director, Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Successful strategies for reducing marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children
Prof. Knut-Inge Klepp, MPH, PhD, Executive Director, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway 

Industrially produced trans-fats in popular foods: a market basket investigation in 2015-2016 in 15 countries of the former Soviet Union including the 5 republics in Central Asia
Steen Stender, Professor, MD, DMSc, Department of Nutrition, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 

Sustainable universal salt iodization strategies resulted in healthier diets and virtual elimination of iodine deficiency in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Prof. Gregory Gerasimov, IGN’s Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Russian Federation 

Population-level approaches to reduce salt intake - the Dutch experience
Dr Marga Ocke Centre for Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services at the Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands 

Nutri-Score front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme
Dr Michel Chauliac, Head of National Programme for Nutrition and Health, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, France

Rye based foods for health: challenges translated into opportunities through multi-stakeholder Initiatives
Rikard Landberg, Professor of Food and Nutrition Science, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

“Our daily bread – a little more healthier” – the new legislation on bakery products
Marianna Dömölki, Head of Unit, Hungarian Food Codex and Food Regulation, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary

Sugar reduction experience in the UK
Dr Alison Tedstone, National Director for Nutrition, Obesity and Diet, Public Health England, United Kingdom

EuroFIR Guidelines on calculation of nutrient content of foods for estimating dietary intakes and labelling
Paul M Finglas, Head, Food Databanks National Capability and Research Leader in Food & Health, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich, United Kingdom

Food Labels and the Power of Packaging
Emma Calvert, Food Policy Officer, BEUC - The European Consumer Organization, Belgium 

IMPROVING NUTRITION OF CHILDREN

Good maternal nutrition – WHO guidance on nutrition during pregnancy
Dr Gunta Lazdane, Associate Professor, Riga Stradins University in Latvia, Latvia 

Implementation of "Nutrition friendly preschool" initiative in Republic of Srpska
Dragana Stojisavljevic, M.D.,PhD, Asst. Professor, University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health Institute of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Srpska 

Regulation of kindergartens and school meals - opportunity to challenge nutrient deficiencies and obesity in children
Igor Spiroski, MD, PhD, MPH,  Scientific research associate, Head of Department of Physiology and Monitoring of Nutrition, Institute of Public Health, Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 

Implementation of the WHO Nutrition Profile to the EU harmonized national legislation in Slovenia
Assist. Prof. Dr. Mojca Gabrijelcic Blenkuš, National Institute of Public Health Slovenia, Slovenia 

Developing Capacity for Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Selected Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia
Rosales, Mauricio, Capacity Development Officer, Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA), FAO, Italy 

Implementation of School Food and Nutrition Programmes linked to the Agricultural Sector in Central Asia and Caucasus
Vladimir Chernigov, Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute, Russian Federation 

Food systems for young children; Diet diversity during the first two years of life is central to prevent stunting and other forms of child malnutrition
Dr Roland Kupka, Senior Nutrition Advisor UNICEF Global Nutrition Team, UNICEF Headquarters, New York 

Dietary intake, nutritional status, socio-economic status and vulnerability in children
Prof. Luis A. Moreno, Professor of Public Health , University of Zaragoza,  Spain  

How to improve the school food and physical activity environment: European overview and country experiences
Viktória Anna Kovács, MD PhD, Senior Nutrition Consultant, National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition, Hungary 

Tackling the inappropriate Marketing of Foods for Infants and Young Children: from guidance to implementation in countries
Jo Jewell, Technical Officer, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, WHO Regional Office for Europe 

Roadmap towards a harmonized pan-European surveillance in children and adolescents
Dr Antje Hebestreit, Head of Unit 'Lifestlye Related Disorders', Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, Germany 

GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR NUTRITION

Towards a European Food and Nutrition Policy
Prof. Pieter van’t Veer, Professor in Nutrition, Public Health and Sustainability, Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands 

A skilled workforce: key to delivering the Decade of Action on Nutrition
Professor Barrie Margetts, University of Southampton, United Kingdom   

Towards the 2030 SDGs in seven-league boots: empowering nutrition leaders to ensure an impact
Dr Milka Sokolovic, Director of the Advanced Programme, European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP), Belgium       

Food and nutrition policies in Europe
Dr. João Breda, WHO Europe 

Policy actions of food and agriculture sector in nutrition: what are the challenges?
Dr. Eleonora Dupouy, Food Safety and Consumer Protection Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia 

Global Action Network Sustainable Food from The Ocean for Food Security and Nutrition
Anita Utheim Iversen,  Senior Adviser Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway 

Harmonization in food consumption data collection across Europe Experiences and perspectives
Davide Arcella, Team Leader Exposure Team – Evidence Management Unit (DATA), EFSA, Italy  

An example of successful regional harmonization in food and nutrition data collection for evidence based policy making in Serbia and Balkan region
Maria Glibetic, PhD, Professor,  Head, Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Serbia 

Transforming food systems – adding value for better health in Europe
Elise Schabus, Ministry for Health and Women’s Affairs in Austria, Austria

Nutrition policy making and programming capacity need for stronger accountability and strategic partnerships, with focus on CEE and CA
Amirhossein Yarparvar, Regional Health and Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF ECARO, Europe and Central Asia Regional Office- Almaty Bureau, Kazakhstan

AGRICULTURE - SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS AND VALUE CHAINS FOR IMPROVED NUTRITION

Agroecology and sustainable agriculture
Stephane Bellon, INRA National Institute for Agricultural Research, France

Food Futures: Towards a local integrated food policy
Jaap Seidell, Professor of nutrition and health, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands

Contributing to food security in urban areas: differences between urban agriculture and peri-urban agriculture
Regine Berges, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany 

Relevance of Codex standards for health, food security and trade
Awilo Ochieng-Pernet, Lic. in Law, MSc, Cert. Human Nutrition, Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO, Switzerland

EU food safety and nutrition in 2050
Prof. Dr. Diána Bánáti, Executive and Scientific Director, The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), Belgium

HEALTH - NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR SUSTAINABLE HEALTH POLICIES

Mediterranean diet and sustainable benefits
Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD,  President of the Hellenic Health Foundation, Greece

Transforming European food and drink policies for cardiovascular health: the European Heart Network’s new report
Mike Rayner BA, DPhil Professor of Population Health, Director, Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Local and global approaches to improve nutritional guidelines: what shall we envision?
Paolo Magni, MD, PhD, Laboratory Head, University of Milan, Italy

Sustainable Healthy Nutrition - A Common Food Policy (CFP) for Europe?
Dr Christopher A. Birt, President, European Public Health Association-  EUPHA Section on Food and Nutrition,  Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

EDUCATION - FOOD-BASED DIETARY GUIDELINES & NUTRITIONAL EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONALS AND PUBLIC

Developing food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) and implementing them to guide policies and programmes
Dr Ramani Wijesinha-Bettoni, Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN),  FAO Ital

European examples of including sustainability into new food-based dietary guidelines
Corné van Dooren, Sustainable food expert, senior nutritionist, Netherlands Nutrition Centre, The Netherlands

Essential academic competencies and partnerships for Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets
Prof. dr. Carl Lachat,Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, University of Gent, Belgium

The Future of Nutrition Communication: Join Forces across Countries
Gerda Feunekes, PhD, Executive Director, Netherlands Nutrition Centre, representing the European Public Health Nutrition Alliance, The Netherlands

New Flemish food guide for the public: basic principles and development process
Loes Neven, nutritionist at Flemish Institute for Healthy Living, Belgium 

SOCIAL PROTECTION - SOCIAL PROTECTION AS AN ESSENTIAL TOOL TO IMPROVE NUTRITION AND FOOD SYSTEMS 

New School Feeding Government Strategy
Ikromjon Donakhonov, Head of the Department Planning and Budgeting,  Ministry of Education Tajikistan, Dushanbe

Nutrition sensitive social protection through the National Productive Safety Nets and Long-Term Community Resilience and Optimizing  School Meals Programmes in the Kyrgyz Republic
Ms. Nurshaim Tilenbaeva, Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition), UN WFP Kyrgyz Republic

The Role of Social Protection in Improving Food Security and Nutrition in Armenia
Ms  Elmira Bakhshinyan, Programme Policy Officer, WFP Armenia, Armenia

Promising practices in Social Protection for children in Europe and Central Asia
Ms. Louisa Lippi, Regional Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF ECARO

Advantages of nutrition-sensitive social protection
Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Nutrition Officer, Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN), Economic and Social Department, FAO Rome, Italy

SIDE EVENTS

WHO SIDE EVENT: HOW TO DESIGN EFFECTIVE SUGAR REDUCTION STRATEGIES FOR EUROPE? AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO IMPROVING POLICY COHERENCE THROUGH THE SUGAR SUPPLY CHAIN

Transforming food systems for health in Europe: Relevance and importance for WHO's work
Jo Jewell, WHO Regional Office for Europe

How to design effective sugar reduction strategies for europe? an innovative approach to improving policy coherence through the sugar supply
Corinna Hawkes, Professor of Food Policy, Director, Centre for Food Policy, University of London, United Kingdom 

Introduction by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), European Commission
Dirk Meusel, Health Unit, European Commission, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA)

FAO SIDE EVENT: AGROECOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS IN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA 

Introduction to the objectives of the side event
Reuben Sessa, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia  

Highlighting the recommendations of Regional Symposium on Agroecology and sustainable food systems
Dai Yamawaki, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia  

Key messages and policy recommendations
Reuben Sessa, FAO/REU, Climate Change and Energy Coordinator

UNICEF-FAO SIDE EVENT: NETWORKING REGIONAL FOOD AND NUTRITION CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT NETWORKS:  LESSONS LEARNED, KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND OPPORTUNITIES TO ESTABLISH A NUTRITION PARTNERSHIP PLATFORM IN CENTRAL ASIA AND CAUCASUS (11_3)

Sharing the lessons learned and achievements by the Capacity Development Network in Nutrition in Central and Eastern Europe, CAPNUTRA
Mirjana Gurinovic, MD, PhD , Senior Research Advisor, Nutrition, Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Serbia, CAPNUTRA Chair 

Thematic Knowledge Network: ESCORENA-European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture: Experience and future perspectives
Prof. Dr. Ryszard M. Kozlowski, ESCORENA Focal Point, Poland 

Eurasian Centre for Food Security (ECFS) and its Network in Food Security and Nutrition: Experiences and achievements
Dr Maria Konyushkova, Eurasian Center for Food Security, Russian Federation 

Conceptual framework for establishing a sub-regional Network for Partnership and Capacity Building in Nutrition in Central Asia and Caucasus
Amirhossein Yarparvar, UNICEF ECARO