Food System Approaches to the Prevention of NCDs

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Food System Approaches to the Prevention of NCDs

Date: September 25, 2018
Time: 13:15 to 14:30
Location: Conference Room 3, UN Headquarters

You are cordially invited to a side event during the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly. The event is hosted by EAT in collaboration with the Governments of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Indonesia and the Nordic Council of Ministers, and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, SUN Movement and C40 network.

This side event will convene global leaders and experts involved in Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and food system challenges to address the following:

  • Why are actions for sustainable and healthy food systems important for the prevention of NCDs and how can these actions be implemented?

Global food system transformation as an approach to the prevention of NCDs provides a multitude of entry points for policy to affect action. In many countries including the Nordics, existing policies already address aspects of the wider food system; including nutrition, food culture and identity, public foods and meals, food waste and sustainable diets.

It is hoped that this side event will inform the Third United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs and the United Nations General Assembly more broadly.

Speakers and panelists include:
H.E. Nikolai Astrup (Minister of International Development, Government of Norway)
H.E. Prof. Nila F. Moeloek (Minister of Health, Government of Indonesia)
Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen (Founder & Executive Chair, EAT)
Dr. David Nabarro (Curator, Food Systems Dialogues)
Ms. Agneta Karlsson (State Secretary for Health and Social Affairs, Government of Sweden)
Mr. Gilbert Houngbo (President, International Fund for Agricultural Development)
Dr. Sania Nishtar (Co-chair, WHO High-Level Independent Commission on Non-communicable diseases)
Ms. Gerda Verburg (UN Assistant Secretary General & Coordinator, SUN Movement)
Dr. Steve Waygood (Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva)
Ms. Kanni Wignaraja (Director, UN Development Operations Coordination Office)
Dr. Svetlana Akselrod (Assistant Director General for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO)


Registration has closed.

  • 13:15
    AGENDA (Click to view the full agenda)


1. What do I need to enter the event?
Registration has closed. The organizers will contact you by September 21 to confirm your participation and issue instructions for picking up your official credential.

2. Are there ID requirements to enter the event?
Yes, you must present a valid government-issued identification. The name used to register for this event must match the name on your identification.

3. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
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