Stockholm Food Forum 2016

This is EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2016

Published March 14, 2016

The third EAT Stockholm Food Forum (13-14th of June) brings together some of the world’s brightest people in the fields of science, politics, business and civil society to shift food systems towards greater sustainability, health, security, and equity within the boundaries of our planet.

What we eat not only determines our health but decides the health of our planet. This year, the forum will cover consumption and production patterns, technology and innovation, international agreements and cities.

Speakers come from a range of backgrounds – from Small Island Developing States, to cities, and a range of professions- from consumer activists, to leading CEOs in the food industry.

They include:

Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, The Prime Minister of Samoa

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland & Member of The Elders

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner of Health & Food Safety

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Stefan Catsicas, Executive Vice President Nestlé

Kimbal Musk, Co-Founder of the Kitchen Community and board for Tesla Motors

More about speakers and delegates

Over two days, the delegates will explore key solutions to the food system challenge, focusing on opportunities for action and possible commitments. The programme includes the following sessions:

The Premise: Why there is a need for change.
The next 15 years will be decisive for people and the planet. Setting the stage, this session will give a state of the union style address on health, environment and food security.

The Shift: Transformative role of cities.
Cities are where the future happens first. More than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas and this is increasing. By 2030, China’s cities alone will be home to nearly one billion people. This trend is echoed globally from Nigeria to Indonesia. Additionally, megacities are on the rise. If managed well, the potential benefits of this urban growth are substantial. Due to their nature, cities (and local governments) have the ability to adapt faster and implement impactful solutions that can have global consequences.

The Money: Sustainable responsible business
A provocative conversation hosted by Zeinab Badawi convenes business leaders to answer the tricky questions about opportunities to catalyze the business community for change. It will have interactive elements with the audience

The Innovative Solutions: Breaking Down Silos

Nordic ministers will use example of work being down to break down silos across ministries to implement solutions impacting public health, climate and sustainability. The winners of the Local and Global Innovation Awards will also be announced.

The Rules: Accountability and international agreements.
While 2015 was an exciting year for international policy; there are numerous existing international agreements around climate change, health, sustainability and food security. Action, implementation, transparency and accountability seem to be the missing ingredients. This session brings together different high-level UN officials, business leaders, scientists and civil society advocates to discuss how to create a web of accountability.

The Commitment: Partnerships, projects and action.
This session shares the projects that EAT is involved with, partnerships and actions taken globally. Additionally, the global launch for the 2016 Global Nutrition Report (an annual stock-take of the state of the world’s nutrition) will kick off in Stockholm. There will be 3 simultaneous launches – New Delhi (India), Nairobi (Kenya) and Washington DC (USA).

The Plan: Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems
Today, there is enough food for everyone on the planet, yet almost 800 million people go hungry. Over two billion people do not get sufficient vitamins and minerals in their diets (micro-nutrient deficiencies) and another two billion people are overweight or obese.

We know that 30–50 percent of all food produced never reaches a human stomach. In 2050, we have to feed more than nine billion people on a warmer planet, with lower yields. Food production is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.  This session challenges participants to rethink the food systems from planet to plate – what actions are needed to build resilience into global food systems? How can multiple goals be met through common strategies?

The Future: Consumer trends; where are we heading?
Innovations, technology solutions, and consumer trends will be explored with the focus on what is needed to shift towards a sustainable, healthy and secure future.

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Global stakeholders

EAT’s aim is to be a catalyst, connecting the world’s experts on food, health and environment to collaborate across traditional sectors and disciplines.

Today’s main roadblock towards creating change is not a lack of knowledge of solutions, it is not a lack of technology, and recent agreements show there is political will. The road blocks appear to be a lack of coordination, lack of commitment to adequate finance or research, lack of cooperation and co-creation. Because of the fundamental connections between human and planetary health, the challenge can only be addressed through integration of knowledge and action in the interwoven areas of food, health and sustainability.

The third annual EAT Food Forum in June 2016 will provide a meeting place for around 500 leaders from science, business, politics and civil society to go beyond barriers to commitment.

The two previous EAT Stockholm Food Forums in 2014 and 2015 were successfully organized with delegates from 28 and 31 nations respectively, and a broad range of speakers, including former president of the USA Bill Clinton, the CEO of Nestlé Paul Bulcke, the Chairman of Unilever Michael Treschow, the Director of Nutrition at WHO Dr. Francesco Branca, Malaysia’s Minister of Health Dr. Subramaniam Sathasivam, the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven and Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Last year 40 accredited journalists from various media organizations attended EAT Stockholm Food Forum. To request press accreditation for Stockholm Food Forum 2016 click here. To request an invitation to the Stockholm Food Forum click here.