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Harvesting Bold Solutions: Ten takeaways from the Policy Lab ”Serving-Up Solutions for Agenda 2030” at the UN HLPF

In July 2018, I travelled with the Nordic Food Policy Lab team to the High-level Political Forum in New York. We set up an evening policy lab to discuss concrete solutions on how food can contribute to reaching the SDGs. We have now compiled the key messages from the event so that everyone can be informed about what kinds of discussions were held. Happy reading! 


The clock is ticking and 2030 is just around the corner. Globally, more and more people are questioning whether we can reach the SDGs and the Paris Agreement without addressing unsustainable and unhealthy food consumption patterns. Can gastronomy and food culture change offer new approaches to achieving Agenda 2030? This is precisely the question that the Government of Sweden and the Nordic Food Policy Lab asked at the dialogue Serving-Up Solutions to Agenda 2030: Food as a Golden Opportunity, during the 2018 High-level Political Forum in New York.

Representatives of 13 country delegations, United Nations agencies, philanthropic organizations, chefs, civil society, media and the food industry sat down at the dinner table to explore tangible solutions together. These ‘solutionists’ elaborated on various
examples of how the transformation of food culture can simultaneously address the SDG goals of zero hunger (#2) and responsible production and consumption (#12).

This brief summarizes the co-production of new food policy insights over the course of the evening. In summary. Each takeaway is backed by statements from the different Policy Labs held during the event. Moving beyond just talk, the document identifies
important areas of focus and policy action for food and climate.

Read the full policy brief here.

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