EATx event coincided with UN General Assembly

The EAT Initiative and Avatar Alliance Foundation entered the multilateral arena as representatives of UN member states, academia, business and civil society gathered at the EATx Event on September 24th ,2014 at the United Nations Headquarter in New York, and coincided with the 69th UN General Assembly. The objective of the interactive discussions was to address the urgently needed shift towards healthy and sustainable food in order to sustainably feed the 9 billion, and how awareness and ambitions can be translated into an agenda for action.  

– The Global Food system is currently unsustainable both with respect to global health, climate and the environment. Changing what we eat and the way we produce food require determined global leadership and local solutions. Thus, we need to gather stakeholders not only from the different scientific disciplines and across sectors, but from all over the world to jointly mobilize a collective effort, says Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, director of EAT, when she invited to this EATx seminar.

More than 200 thought leaders and practitioners, including representatives from academia, governments, international agencies, business and civil society, gathered to discuss concrete solutions – policies and investments – and how to leverage healthy, sustainable diets for climate change mitigation, environmental protection and public health benefits and ultimately, how to transform awareness and ambitions into an agenda for action.

This first EATx event organized in a multilateral setting coincided with the high-level week of the 69th UN General Assembly and took place the day after Ban Ki-moons Climate Summit, i.e. on September 24th, 2014. The event was initiated by EAT and the Avatar Alliance Foundation and was organized together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS).

Speakers included :
Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Norwegian Government. José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Actions, European Commission. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UNs World Food Programme. Jeffrey SachsSpecial Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals & Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia UniversityOlav Kjørven, Director of Public Partnerships, UNICEF. Feike Sijbesma, CEO & Chairman, Managing Board, DSM. Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium. Shawn K. Baker, Director of Nutrition Global Dev. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Access to the EATx event at UN Head Quarters was by invitation only.