Nordic Ministers at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2016

A disturbing trend of diseases related to nutrition and low physical activity

Published May 21, 2016

Gabriel Wikström, Sweden’s Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport, is one of five Nordic Ministers contributing at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum June 13–14th.

“What can politicians from different fields and countries achieve by discussing common solutions to the challenges regarding food, climate and health?”

“These challenges are global as well as interdisciplinary. In order to exchange experiences and reach common solutions, I think it is absolutely necessary that we discuss the issues with decision makers from other disciplines. The prerequisites might look very different from country to country. However, it takes political responsibility on a national level as well as on a global level.”

«Regarding food, it takes political responsibility on a national level as well as global» Gabriel Wikström, Sweden’s Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport

“What is your own motivation for participating at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2016?”

“These questions are extremely important. In Sweden, as well as in many other European countries, for example, we see a disturbing trend of diseases related to nutrition and low physical activity. We need to turn this trend and work for health equity. I am looking forward to having a chance to discuss and exchange knowledge with colleagues from other countries, experts and other stakeholders.” 

“How can politicians work with business leaders, scientists and others to find solutions to the global food challenges?”

“It can be done in various ways. In order to reach good solutions to challenges we see coming, we need to work closely with business, science and civil society. We must of course keep in mind that the global challenges of nutrition and health look very different depending on where you are in the world, and different actions are also needed. However, close cooperation with stakeholders is extremely important. The Swedish model is built on cooperation between different stakeholders.”