Join us during United Nations General Assembly 2016

Urban Food Systems: The Nutrition Challenge.

Published August 19, 2016

During the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, the EAT Foundation in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host a high-level side event, “Urban Food Systems: The Nutrition Challenge”. The event will take place on September 20th from 1:15-2:30pm.


If you are interested in attending you can apply here.

More than half the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, and this is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. Growing urban populations demand more from our planet in terms of limited natural resources but also have enormous potential.

Behaviours often associated with living in cities –such as sedentary lifestyles coupled with overconsumption of calories and ultra-processed foods– contribute to obesity which is linked to many non-communicable diseases.  At the same time, city dwellers may lack access to nutritious foods because these foods are simply not available in a certain neighborhood (food deserts or food swamps) or because of affordability concerns. Health challenges associated with malnutrition can persist for generations.
Increasing demands for energy-intensive products such as meat, dairy and ultra-processed foods exacerbate the food value chain’s negative environmental impacts. Growing, processing, and transporting food all produce greenhouse gas emissions, and food waste is a particularly significant emissions source. The food value chain also impacts biodiversity, water quality and availability, and pollution, among other environmental attributes. 

Feeding the world’s growing population healthy food on a stable planet requires joint efforts from all sectors of society. International institutions, local and national governments, civil society groups, researchers, and the private sector have a role to play. 

2016 is marked by a number of international processes that promise to shape the way we address urban development, climate, and nutrition. These include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Habitat III conference, the launch of the Decade of Action on Nutrition, and the Committee on World Food Security’s focus on food systems and urbanization.

To link to these opportunities and highlight the need for a coordinated approach to addressing urban food system challenges, this EATx will convene an event at the United Nations across sectors and disciplines involved in the food-system challenges to discuss concrete solutions and commitments. The program will include a series of keynotes and an interactive panel discussion involving prominent experts from government, academia, the private sector, the UN and civil society.

Co Sponsors for EATx UNGA 2016:

    • Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation – International Sustainability Unit
    • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
    • Nordic Council of Ministers
    • New York Academy of Sciences
    • NCD Alliance
    • Save the Children
    • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    • Palau UN Permanent Mission
    • Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network
    • The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, (GAIN)
    • World Bank Group

Event Information

UN pass holders with secondary pass for restricted zones: Please join us 20th September and be seated by 13:00 pm at Conference Room 3.

Non-UN pass holders or those needing passes: Please meet us 20 September, at 12:15-13:00 pm, on 46th Street and 2nd Ave to receive your guest pass and to be escorted to the conference room. We can only grant access to registered guests or UN pass holders without secondary passes.

All guests requiring passes will need to bring a valid government issued picture ID. Do not bring a backpack or carry-on luggage as both will not be allowed.