Chefs from around the world help the UN kick-off a campaign on 18 June, Sustainable Gastronomy Day, to engage people in tackling climate change through healthy & sustainable food choices #ActNow.
18 June 2019
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Sustainable Gastronomy Day: Act Now

The United Nations has a ‘Sustainable Gastronomy Day’ on the 18 th of June. This year, as part of the ‘Act Now’ campaign to engage people in the global effort to tackle climate change through healthy and sustainable food choices, chefs from around the world took part in the #ActNow Food Challenge.

In line with Sustainable Food Systems programme’s core initiative, the UN enlisted leading chefs to present their culinary creations, cooking with ingredients that can help reduce greenhouse gases and raise awareness about the benefits of healthy and sustainable food choices.

Sustainable Gastronomy

Sustainable Gastronomy Day emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.

The UN General Assembly’s decision to designate this day acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. Sustainable gastronomy can play a role due to its interlinkages with the three dimensions of sustainable development, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting:

  • agricultural development
  • food security
  • nutrition
  • sustainable food production 
  • conservation of biodiversity

Sustainable and healthy gastronomy as a key driver for sustainable food systems 

The One Planet network Sustainable Food Systems programme's project aims to stimulate a sustainable gastronomy sector as a way to promotes sustainable diets, including the high variety of native products in local cuisine, enhance sustainable consumption and production, and revitalize the high variety of food. The goal is to initiate the new, healthy and sustainable country's cuisine as a driver of agriculture development and strengthening production opportunities for diversified family farming systems, and by doing so, influence the global debate about sustainable diets.

Read more about the One Planet network Sustainable Food Systems programme:

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