• Introducing the Food and Land Use Coalition

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 13:15 – 14:30 

Conference Room 2, United Nations Secretariat Building, New York City

Today’s food and land-use systems are unsustainable in every country. Without deep changes in food production, distribution systems, a focus on nutrition and health, water use, biodiversity management and other dimensions of food and land-use systems, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change cannot be achieved.

Our food and land-use systems:

  • Account for more than 25% of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Erode natural capital, through soil erosion, water depletion, air pollution and loss of biodiversity.
  • Threaten human health and burden our health care systems, allowing 800 million people to be severely malnourished, two billion to suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, and two billion to be overweight or obese.
  • Produce enough calories to feed everyone, yet lose or waste 1/3 of the food produced.
  • Keep close to 500 million rural farmers and fishers at or below the $2 a day poverty line.

The session will:

  • Highlight the need for global and national pathways laying out actions to modernise and transform our food and land-use systems incorporating science-based targets.
  • Introduce cutting edge thinking that is breaking down traditional silos and bringing together the environmental community with the health and nutrition community to create a holistic view – and a holistic science synthesis – on which the FOLU effort is built
  • Illustrate how a portfolio of business and financing opportunities can accelerate progress along the defined pathways.
  • Present national and local solutions, which entail policy reforms, coalitions of key local actors and detailed action roadmaps at national and jurisdictional level for achieving a viable new food and land use economy.


  • Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
  • Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia*
  • Ato Kare Chawicha, State Minister Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ethiopia*
  • Rafael Pardo Ruedo, Minister Counselor for Post-conflict, Human Rights and Security, Colombia*
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organisation*
  • Vidar Helgesen, Minister Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Board of GAVI and ARC*
  • Christiana Figueres, Convener of Mission 2020*
  • Svein Tore Holsether, CEO, Yara International
  • Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and President, EAT Foundation
  • Sara Menker, Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence*

*Invited, not yet confirmed 

The session will be an introduction to the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), initiated by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, the New Climate Economy leadership and the EAT Foundation amongst others. It is a self-governing coalition that has evolved with a sense of urgency from forward thinking organisations reaching out to each other to try and address the complexity of the food and land use systems and create a mission-aligned community. With over 30 members already, it includes ambitious businesses, forward-thinking policy makers, foundations, investors, academics, international organisations and members of civil society.

The meeting will be hosted by the Norwegian Government, the EAT Foundation and Yara, and produced in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), SYSTEMIQ and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

For more information on the event, please contact Ingrid Helsingen Warner phone +4794878886 or email FoodatUNGA@leidar.com