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UNECE and FAO Conference: "No time to lose on food loss"

10/11/2016 - 09:45 - 18:00

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development 

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has the pleasure to invite you to a special Conference on Food Loss and Waste, on the occasion of the annual session of the UNECE Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards.
Experts on food loss and waste from governments' agencies, large retailers, cooperatives and international organizations will address today’s most pressing challenges in reducing the large amounts of food wasted worldwide. 

Provisional Programme & Session Structure

9:45-10:00 Welcome coffee

10:00-10:30: Opening Remarks

  • Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE
  • Sandra Aviles, Officer-in-Charge & Senior Advisor, FAO Geneva

Key Note SpeechTristram Stuart, Founder, Feedback, UK

10:30-13:00 Session 1 - Reducing Food Loss & Waste

  • Causes and Concerns for Food Losses & Interplay with the Quality Standards - Kristina Mattsson, Head of Division, Swedish Board of Agriculture
  • Global State of the Food Waste & Loss - Maryam Rezaei, Food Waste & Loss Reduction Specialist, FAO
  • SDG Target on Food Loss & Waste - Dr Liz Goodwin OBE, Director Food Loss & Waste, World Resources Institute & Champion of the 12.3  Group 
  • Tesco’s Supply Chain Waste Reduction Programme - Mark Little, Food Sustainability, Sourcing & Waste Policy, Group Communications, TESCO
  • Rising Demand for Ugly Fruits & Wonky Vegetables - Relja Kosanovic, Albert Heijn

Interactive discussion / Reactions from the audience
13:00-15:00: Light lunch & Visit of the UNOG Cafeteria Recycle Machine

15:00-18:00: Session 2 - Reducing Food Loss & Waste

  • The Case of French Beans & Avocados Lost in Kenya - Benson Ndungu, Consultant, Kenya
  • Ugly Vegetables: Wasting or an Opportunity for Trade? - Aurélien Picaud, Adjoint de direction, l'Union Maraîchère de Genève
  • Management of Leftover Food - George Couasné, Société GEB Solution, UNOG Cafeteria Recycle Machine Provider
  • Sustainable Consumption & Production and Save Food Programme - Rie Tsutsumi, Regional Resource Efficiency Coordinator, UNEP
  • Wrap-up & Way Forward - UNECE

Interactive discussion / Reactions from the audience

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