On 30-31 August 2018, the SDG conference brought together over 700 participants from across the globe - including representatives from governments, academics, civil society and the private sector in Wageningen, The Netherlands. They were all part of the varied programme of the SDG conference 'Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact'.
With a big variety of keynote presentations, a high level forum panel discussion and plenary sessions on themes Evidence, Synergies & trade-offs and Governance, participants obtained new insights on the foodsystem transformation pathways.
During the conference, presentations, workshops and dialogues were organised in the parallel sessions on three themes:
1. Theme Evidence
Identify specific needs for multi-disciplinary indicators, methods
and approaches that support the development of healthy sustainable
and inclusive food systems.
2. Theme Synergies & trade-offs
Findings ways to identify synergies and address trade-offs within
and between SDG2 and other SDGs.
3. Theme Governance
Explore new alliances for food security and showcase diversity
in food governance to achieve the SDGs.
About the SDGs
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and underlying targets are interdependent. SDG2 Zero Hunger, is strongly related to other goals and underlying targets like SDG1 Zero poverty, SDG3 Health, SDG6 Water, SDG11 Urbanisation, SDG12 Sustainable consumption, SDG13 climate action, and SDG14 and 15 Life on land and water. Understanding the different interactions among SDGs and their targets is key to unlock their full potential at multiple-scales, and to ensure progress in some areas is not made at the expense of others.
To reach zero hunger, new sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems matching local needs and circumstances and taking into account higher scale-levels conditions are required. Designing and promoting such solutions requires the involvement of all parties that are playing a role in the food system, i.e. governments, research, industry, civil society, and financial institutions. It asks for the application of transdisciplinary and multi-actor approaches to co-innovation and co-investment.