Counting down to EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum in Jakarta

Published May 24, 2017

Indonesian Minister of Health, Prof Nila Moeloek and EAT President and Founder, Gunhild A. Stordalen, in front of the United Nations building in Geneva moments before the launch of the EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum, on May 24th 2017. Photo: Pierre Michel Virot

This week, the global health community is gathered in Geneva for the World Health Assembly. Indonesian Minister of Health, Prof Nila Moeloek and EAT-president, Gunhild A. Stordalen, proudly invited stakeholders and journalists for the official launch of the first EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum.

Hosted in Jakarta, October 30-31st, the EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum will be the first region forum of its kind during the UN´s Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2026). The new UN focus on nutrition recognizes that diets and a well-managed food system play a decisive role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Climate Agreement.


Going into the press conference: The EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum was officially launched on May 24, 2017 during the WHO’s Seventieth World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, by Indonesia’s Minister of Health Prof. Nila Moeloek (left) and Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen (right), the founder and president of EAT Foundation. Photo: Pierre Michel Virot

«It is my sincere hope that the first EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum will be the catalyst that triggers the transformation of the region into achieving the SDGs» Professor Nila Moeloek, Indonesia’s Minister of Health

Indonesia taking the lead

The Asia-Pacific Food Forum will address the main food challenges in the region, including food security in a changing climate, the effects of rapid urbanization on diets and the double burden of malnutrition.

“We must pay attention to the fact that health and nutrition are inseparable from climate and the environment,” Professor Moeloek said. “The food system is at the heart of this convergence. As a country situated in the Asia-Pacific region with a large share of the region’s population, Indonesia aspires to lead the effort to put the nexus of health-climate-sustainability front and center in the development vision for the region.”


Founder and President of EAT Foundation, Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, at the press conference where the EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum was launched in Geneva, Switzerland on May 24th 2017, during the WHO’s Seventieth World Health Assembly. Photo: Pierre Michel Virot

«We are excited to see the progressive leadership shown by Professor Nila Moeloek and the Indonesian Ministry of Health to enable a shift in the Asia-Pacific towards sustainable food systems delivering healthy diets to a growing population» Gunhild A. Stordalen

“Professor Moeloek has also been an important contributor to shaping the EAT Foundation´s agenda through her role as an Advisory Board member since EAT´s inception 4 years ago. By offering an inclusive, collaborative platform, EAT works to break down the silos between scientists, politicians, business and civil society to help drive the knowledge and solutions needed to holistically transform the global food system and deliver on the SDGs. We are proud to join the Indonesian Government in creating a regional platform for this collaboration.”

Regional collaboration is key

The Indonesian Ministry of Health and EAT will collaborate with other national ministries and invite regional governments, business, civil society, academic institutions and scientific communities to support the development of the Asia-Pacific Food Forum.

“Malaysia supports the efforts of EAT Foundation and the Ministry of Health of Indonesia in organizing the upcoming Asia Pacific Food Forum,” said Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam, Malaysia’s Minister of Health.


Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam, Malaysia’s Minister of Health at the press conference where the EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum was launched in Geneva

«I truly hope global and regional leaders, and key stakeholders representing the Asia-Pacific region, will come together to address the urgent challenges of food and nutrition security and sustainable food systems» Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam

During a focused two-day program, 500 high-level political, business, academic and civil society leaders will meet in Jakarta to share research, best practices and lessons learned, and find common solutions. The Asia Pacific Food Forum is based on the model piloted at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, which over its four years of existence has become the leading global arena for those seeking to transform the food system.

Also joining the event were Mr. Hans Brattskar, Norwegian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Stefan Swartling Peterson, Chief of Health, UNICEF and Ms. Florence Lasbennes, Director of the SUN Movement Secretariat

EAT is looking forward to releasing more news about partners and program in the months to come.