High-level side event to be held during the fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, March 2019.
The event has been organised by the Consumer Information and Sustainable Food Systems programmes, in partnership with the governments of Germany and Indonesia, as well as Cruelty Free International and WWF. It will highlight the strength of the One Planet Network as a multi-stakeholder platform, presenting specific examples of cross-sector partnerships and innovative solutions from the network.

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

Start date
11/03/2019

Shared by

Jack McQuibban

Public Affairs Advisor

Cruelty Free International

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Objectives

Event objectives:
1. Highlight the strength of the One Planet Network as a multi-stakeholder platform, with representatives from the Consumer Information and Sustainable Food Systems Programmes presenting specific examples of cross-sector partnerships and innovative solutions that are driving global progression towards SDG 12. As a result of this, aim to encourage stakeholders from the public and private sector, to join and engage as partners of the One Planet Network.
2. Showcase the work of the Consumer Information and Sustainable Food Systems Programmes, and their partners, as examples of innovative sustainable developments and solutions at a time of rapid technological change, working to address some of the major environmental challenges related to climate change and biodiversity, poverty and natural resource management, including sustainable food systems and food security.
3. Showcase examples of meeting growing consumer demand for products and experiences that meet people’s desire to live ethically and sustainably.

During this event, members of these One Planet Network programmes will showcase their work that is directly addressing all of the sub-themes of this Assembly. Partners from governments, civil society and the private sector will highlight their work on the ground to address some of the major environmental challenges related to climate change and biodiversity, poverty and natural resource management, including sustainable food systems and food security; as well as showcasing examples of how businesses today are exploring with civil society organizations how to make mission, purpose or meaning central to what they do and meeting growing consumer demand for products and experiences that meet people’s desire to live ethically and sustainably; innovative sustainable business developments and solutions at a time of rapid technological change. A number of the solutions and experiences shared will have a life cycle approach at their heart; for instance the use of consumer information tools, such as labels and certifications, to improve production processes, enhance traceability, and to enable consumers to make informed choices, as well as inspiring behavioural change amongst governments, businesses and consumers.

Activities

Part of the Consumer Information and Sustainable Food Systems programmes, implemented by partners including the governments of Germany and Indonesia, along with Cruelty Free International and WWF.

Impact and Results

What the Audience will take away with them (3 Key Messages):
1. The One Planet Network is a vibrant and effective multi-stakeholder platform, where actors collaborate together to find innovative solutions to today’s over-consumption and mass production patterns, helping transform these to become more sustainable and reduce the impact societies have on the environment and its resources. Examples featured in the session around consumer information and sustainable food systems will demonstrate the strength of the One Planet Network platform.
2. There is an increasing demand from consumers in countries across the globe for more sustainable and ethical business practices, but too often key product information is not accessible or available. Products and brands are recognising that they need to meet this growing demand and there is increasing positive action within this space, yet radical scaling-up is required to achieve Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) by 2030. Empowering consumers with accessible and reliable information on the sustainability of the products they buy is critical and must be prioritised by governments and businesses.
3. We have the means within our planet to feed a growing population healthily and sustainably, yet this will require urgent action addressing local, national and international food systems. A sustainable food system (SFS) is one that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to produce food are not compromised for future generations. Sustainable food systems are critical to food security and nutrition. Creating sustainable food systems must absolutely be a priority for decision makers ahead of 2020, given the multiple interlinkages between SFS and sustainable development, as well as the benefits that taking positive action would have. For example, sustainable food systems are critical for poverty alleviation, building resilient communities, providing food security, nutrition and they play an important role in increasing resource efficiency.

Next steps and how to get involved

Those in Nairobi for the Assembly can attend the event.

Engage online via the Slido app and website (www.sli.do) using the event code #E848