NEW YORK — The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network have collaborated to develop a roadmap to transform the food system at the global level and to make progress toward reaching the United Nations’ sustainable development goals by 2030.
The roadmap will focus on four priorities: promoting knowledge and action on sustainable diets to eradicate the root causes of the global nutrition crisis; developing a sustainable land-use model for agriculture; promoting research analysis and case collection to monitor progress; and promoting a science-based education for future food leaders. Individuals, researchers, policymakers, civil society, the private sector, farmers, educators and the media all should play roles in transforming the food system, according to the two organizations, who planned to discuss the roadmap at an international forum on food and nutrition Sept. 28 in New York.
“The challenges our global food system is facing today are unprecedented, but our goals are not unattainable if we simply find ways to work together across all sectors and disciplines,” said Anna Ruggerini, operations director for the B.C.F.N. Foundation. “We’ve waited far too long to address these challenges, and now a transformative approach is required. That is why we are joining forces with S.D.S.N. to present a concrete roadmap toward the achievement of the food-related S.D.G.s (sustainable development goals).”
The B.C.F.N. Foundation is a center for the analysis of global issues related to food, nutrition, agriculture and environment. The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development.
“I greatly admire the leadership of B.C.F.N. Foundation in taking on the global challenge of fostering a nutritious, quality and sustainable food supply for all,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general. “This challenge requires holistic thinking about culture, economy, climate, biodiversity and health, and B.C.F.N. Foundation spurs the needed understanding. Our aim is for B.C.F.N. Foundation and the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network to work together to present creative, cutting-edge solutions for policy makers and a deeper understanding of the challenges and solutions for society as a whole.”