Multi-stakeholder partnerships for food and nutrition security in the SDGs

24 September 2015, New York

Following on from the highly successful global summit on food fortification earlier this month and to mark the occasion of the United Nations 70th General Assembly, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) and Devex hosted a unique high level panel event on ‘Harnessing the power of multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in food and nutrition security’.

The event featured twelve highly esteemed speakers from government, civil society and the private sector to explore the critical role of multi-stakeholder partnership in in ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition in the post -2015 agenda. Two hundred experts and media were invited to observe the event as well as a global audience via online live stream.

Panellists included Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme; Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer, Royal DSM & Co-Chair SBN Advisory Group; Michelle Nunn, CEO and President, Care USA ; Nancy Stetson, Special Representative for Global Food Security, US State Department; Michael Anderson, CEO of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; Shawn Baker, Director of Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Monica Musonda, Founder and CEO, Java Foods; Bjorn Lomberg, Director, Copenhagen Consensus  and Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Opening remarks by Ertharin Cousin

Opening remarks were by Ertharin Cousin, who stressed the need to identify the most effective interventions to achieve the SDGs, particularly highlighting the role business: ‘we cannot we
cannot afford to leave business out of scaling up nutrition’.

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First panel of speakers include: Feike Sijbesma, Michelle Nunn, Nancy Stetson & Michael Anderson

Moderated by Raj Kumar, Editor in Chief of Devex, the first panel focused on how successful partnerships can be created and how we can build the enabling environment necessary to ensure delivery of the post-2015 development goals. Business was a key mention in the discussion, as Michael Anderson, CEO of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, commented on business as the critical player in driving consumers and markets for nutrition. Moreover, Feike Sijbesma, applauded the achievements of SBN in recruiting 164 companies as prime examples of successful investments in nutrition by business.

The second panel of key experts explored the long-term role of multistakeholder partnerships in food fortification in terms of the lessons learnt and way forward to reduce hunger, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in support of the post-2015 develop
ment agenda.

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Second panel speakers include: Shawn Baker, Marc Van Ameringen, Monica Musonda, Shenggan Fan & Bjorn Lomborg

Marc Van Ameringen recognized the many achievements in food fortification to date and envisaged that through a mutlistakeholder approach, “we can eradicate iodine deficiency within the next decade”

Monica Musonda, SBN’s newly announced member of the Advisory Group, added the need to include business in this approach, in particular local producers.

Closing the event, in partnership with South African singer, song writer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board of Directors, GAIN reiterated “Eradicating hunger must be the next stage in our civilisation. We are a generation that has the tools to solve the problem of malnutrition, and working together in partnership is one of our strongest tools.”

Multi-stakeholder partnerships for food and nutrition security in the SDGs

24 September 2015, New York

Following on from the highly successful global summit on food fortification earlier this month and to mark the occasion of the United Nations 70th General Assembly, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) and Devex hosted a unique high level panel event on ‘Harnessing the power of multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in food and nutrition security’.

The event featured twelve highly esteemed speakers from government, civil society and the private sector to explore the critical role of multi-stakeholder partnership in in ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition in the post -2015 agenda. Two hundred experts and media were invited to observe the event as well as a global audience via online live stream.

Panellists included Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme; Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer, Royal DSM & Co-Chair SBN Advisory Group; Michelle Nunn, CEO and President, Care USA ; Nancy Stetson, Special Representative for Global Food Security, US State Department; Michael Anderson, CEO of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; Shawn Baker, Director of Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Monica Musonda, Founder and CEO, Java Foods; Bjorn Lomberg, Director, Copenhagen Consensus  and Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Opening remarks by Ertharin Cousin

Opening remarks were by Ertharin Cousin, who stressed the need to identify the most effective interventions to achieve the SDGs, particularly highlighting the role business: ‘we cannot we
cannot afford to leave business out of scaling up nutrition’.

_MG_1605

First panel of speakers include: Feike Sijbesma, Michelle Nunn, Nancy Stetson & Michael Anderson

Moderated by Raj Kumar, Editor in Chief of Devex, the first panel focused on how successful partnerships can be created and how we can build the enabling environment necessary to ensure delivery of the post-2015 development goals. Business was a key mention in the discussion, as Michael Anderson, CEO of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, commented on business as the critical player in driving consumers and markets for nutrition. Moreover, Feike Sijbesma, applauded the achievements of SBN in recruiting 164 companies as prime examples of successful investments in nutrition by business.

The second panel of key experts explored the long-term role of multistakeholder partnerships in food fortification in terms of the lessons learnt and way forward to reduce hunger, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in support of the post-2015 develop
ment agenda.

_MG_1805

Second panel speakers include: Shawn Baker, Marc Van Ameringen, Monica Musonda, Shenggan Fan & Bjorn Lomborg

Marc Van Ameringen recognized the many achievements in food fortification to date and envisaged that through a mutlistakeholder approach, “we can eradicate iodine deficiency within the next decade”

Monica Musonda, SBN’s newly announced member of the Advisory Group, added the need to include business in this approach, in particular local producers.

Closing the event, in partnership with South African singer, song writer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board of Directors, GAIN reiterated “Eradicating hunger must be the next stage in our civilisation. We are a generation that has the tools to solve the problem of malnutrition, and working together in partnership is one of our strongest tools.”

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