FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium

Ensuring healthy diets for better nutrition for all: accelerating efforts and leveraging partnerships for sustainable development


This event organized by FAO Brussels and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU and Ghent University brings together a diverse group of stakeholders engaged in food, nutrition, and health issues within the context of international development.


Welcoming remarks will be delivered by

Prof. Rik van de Walle
Rector, Ghent University

H.E. Ambassador Hugo Brauwers
Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation

Maurizio Martina
Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

Setting the scene

Laeticia Toé
Scientific Researcher, IRSS Burkina Faso & Ghent University

Session 1 – Healthy diets for nutrition: are we making progress?

Leonard Mizzi
Head of Unit, Sustainable Agri-Food systems and Fisheries, DG INTPA, European Commission

Bridget Holmes
Nutrition Officer, Food and Nutrition Division, FAO

A representative of the World Health Organization

Moderated by Prof. Souheila Abbedou, Ghent University

Session 2 – Scaling up effective approaches and policy frameworks

Katharina Beelen
Programme Coordinator Sustainable Food Systems, Rikolto Belgium 

Bridget Fenn
Nutrition Research facility

Bruno Gautrais
Head of Unit Food processing technologies and novel foods, DG SANTE, European Commission

Moderated by Prof. Liesbeth Jacxsens, Ghent University 

Session 3 – Accelerating efforts and effective partnerships for healthy diets and nutrition: what’s needed? 

A Student’s perspective

Questions and answers with panel contributions from
Namukolo Covic
Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, CGIAR

Violeta Jelic
Vice-President, Group I (Workers), European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and General Secretary of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts

Introduced and moderated by Antonia Potter Prentice, Director of Alliance 2015 Generation Nutrition 

Closing remarks will be delivered by

H.E. Ambassador Brieuc Pont
Special Envoy for the Nutrition for Growth Summit, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Prof. Carl Lachat
Ghent University

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