SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction

SAVE the DATE - International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

29/09/2020 - 29/09/2020

This event intends to raise awareness of the importance of the food loss and waste problem and its possible solutions at all levels in a bid to promote global efforts and collective action toward meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 12.3 (by 2030 halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses).  

The importance of working together to reduce food loss and waste to bring about transformative change that benefits the health of people and of the planet will be highlighted. 

The event will also make a clear call to action for both the public (national or local authorities) sector, the private sector, civil society, academia and other stakeholders to bolster efforts to reduce food loss and waste toward ensuring food security for all and particularly the most vulnerable, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You are kindly invited to join us in a global virtual meeting aimed at sharing experiences and opportunities for the reduction of food losses and waste. Heads of FAO and United Nations Environment Programme will share their perspectives on the issues and actions required to stem the problem. A high-level panel will provide their perspectives, and two Ted-style talks will seek to provoke greater thought on the issues. Roundtable panelists from across the food system will discuss critical  issues and challenges as well as opportunities to accelerate action to reduce food loss and waste. Government representatives from each of the five developing regions will also share their consolidated views and perspectives on the issues and progress to address them. 

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Provisional agenda of the event:


International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

Virtual Event

29 September 2020


Moderator – Lana Wong

16:00    Curtain Raiser (Video)
16:05    Welcome – Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16:10    Opening Remarks

QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
Video Message
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

H.E. Luis Basterra, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Argentine Republic

H.E. Maria Ubach Font, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Andorra

H.E. Luca Beccari, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Economic Cooperation and Telecommunications of the Republic of San Marino

H.E. Bekir Pakdemirli, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Republic of Turkey

H.E. Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner, Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agriculture Development

Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme

17:00    Keynote – Food Loss and Waste and Sustainability – Martien van Nieuwkoop, Global Director for Agriculture and Food, World Bank

17:10    Panel 1 – Food Loss and Waste and SustainabilityLana Wong, Moderator

H.E. Tejs Binderup, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Food, Denmark

Judith Hitchman, President, Urgenci International Community Supported Agriculture Network

Stéphane Layani, Acting Chairman, World Union of Wholesale Markets

Christina Bauer-Plank, Global Vice President Hellmann’s, Unilever

Andrea Segrè, University of Bologna

17:40    Quiz

17.45    Keynote – Food Loss and Waste and Innovation – Chef José Andrés

17:55    Panel 2 – Food Loss and Waste and Innovation - Lana Wong, Moderator

Helena Leurent, Director General, Consumers International
Jacques Vandenschrik, President, European Food Banks Federation
Theo De Jaeger, President World Farmers Organization
Issac Sesi, Owner, Sesi Technologies
Peter Johnson, Founder, Ayadee Foundation
18:30    Regional Round TableAnna Lartey, Moderator
Africa Regional Group – H.E. Hisham Badr, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Asia Regional Group – Caka Awal, Alternate Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia
Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Group – Gilmar Henz, Senior Researcher, Inteligence and Strategic Relations Secretariat, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa, the Federative Republic of Brazil
Near East Regional Group – H.E. Abdelwahab Mohamed Elhijazi Mohamed Khair, Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan
G77 and China Group – H.E. Mario Arvelo, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic

18:55    Closing Remarks - Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture  Organization of the United Nations